Megan Sharkey

Megan SharkeyMegan is a doctoral researcher at the University of Westminster. Her PhD project is co-supervised by Professor Michael Neuman from the Department of Built Environment and Professor Simon Joss from the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster.

Her research aims to link community-led movements to the larger urban infrastructure needs required towards attaining more resilient and sustainable cities.

This research focuses on community-led movements across three countries (Australia, USA, and UK). Through a large-scale macro study, it aims to identify barriers that may prevent these movements from creating permanent sustainable development infrastructure within local government and the potential impacts they could achieve without such barriers. It will also investigate interactions between government and industry groups. Megan is particularly interested in tactical urbanism, community energy, active travel and urban gardening movements.

Megan’s first degree was a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University in 2008. After graduating she worked as an environmental management and remediation consultant for the oil and gas industry across Louisiana and United Arab Emirates. She also has a Master of Planning and Master of Built Environment (Sustainable Development) from University of New South Wales in Australia, 2011 and 2012 respectively and in 2014, she was a fellow at the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. 

Megan has 10 years’ experience working in sustainability across building resource management, strategic infrastructure and development planning, project management, research, and community engagement. As the leader of multiple community organisations in the USA and Australia, she was successful in developing tactical urbanism actions, creating greener and sustainable streets, securing major state funds for active travel networks, and lobbying government on environmental issues. She has published in magazines, journals, print and online news, and international conference. 

Megan is the recipient of the Urban Studies Research Scholarship in support of this doctoral research project.

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