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Sara Meerow

Sara Meerow

Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Sara.Meerow@asu.edu

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302

Titles

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Biography

Sara Meerow is an assistant professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. She is an interdisciplinary social-ecological systems scientist working at the intersection of urban geography and planning. Her research tackles the challenge of how to make cities more resilient in the face of climate change and other social and environmental hazards. She combines more conceptual studies of urban resilience with empirical research on the complexities of green infrastructure and climate change adaptation planning in a range of cities including Manila, New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit. Meerow emphasizes problem-driven, collaborative research that combines qualitative and quantitative methods with spatial analysis. She earned her PhD in 2017 from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment (now the School for Environment and Sustainability). She also has a master’s in international development studies from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. 

Education

  • PhD, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan, 2017
  • MS, Department of Human Geography, Planning, and International Development, University of Amsterdam, 2010
  • BA, Political Science and History, University of Florida, 2009

Expertise

Journal Articles

2017

Meerow, S. 2017. Double exposure, infrastructure planning, and urban climate resilience in coastal megacities: A case study of Manila. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 49(11):2649-2672. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X17723630. (link )

Meerow, S. A. and J. P. Newell. 2017. Spatial planning for multifunctional green infrastructure: Growing resilience in Detroit. Landscape and Urban Planning 159(Mar):62-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.10.005. (link )

2016

Meerow, S. and J. P. Newell. 2016. Urban resilience for whom, what, when, where, and why?. Urban Geography DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2016.1206395. (link )

Meerow, S., J. P. Newell and M. Stults. 2016. Defining urban resilience: A review. Landscape and Urban Planning 147(Mar):38-49. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.11.011. (link )

Meerow, S. and M. Stults. 2016. Comparing conceptualizations of urban climate resilience in theory and practice. Sustainability 8(7):701. DOI: 10.3390/su8070701. (link )

Nordgren, J., M. Stults and S. Meerow. 2016. Supporting local climate change adaptation: Where we are and where we need to go. Environmental Science & Policy 66(Dec):344-352. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.05.006. (link )

2015

Meerow, S. and J. P. Newell. 2015. Resilience and complexity: A bibliometric review and prospects for industrial ecology. Journal of Industrial Ecology 19(2):236-251. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12252. (link )

2012

Meerow, S. A. and I. Baud. 2012. Generating resilience: Exploring the contribution of the small power producer and very small power producer programs to the resilience of Thailand's power sector. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development 4(1):20-38. DOI: 10.1080/19463138.2012.667414. (link )

Book Chapters

2016

Stults, M., J. Nordgren, S. Meerow, M. Ongun, R. Jacobson and C. Hamilton. 2016. Assessing the climate adaptation resource and service landscape. Pp. 124-132 In: Bullock, J. A., G. D. Haddow, K. S. Haddow and D. P. Coppola eds., Living with Climate Change: How Communities are Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Climate. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Boca Raton, FL. ISBN: 978-1498725361.

2013

Mans, U. and S. Meerow. 2013. Linking green city politics with green business. Pp. 149-160 In: Simpson, R. and M. Zimmermann eds., The Economy of Green Cities: A World Compendium on the Green Urban Economy. Vol 3. Springer Netherlands. ISBN: 978-94-007-1968-2.

2011

Lindberg, S. and S. Meerow. 2011. Persistant authoritarianism and the future of democracy in Africa. In: Brown, N. J. ed., The Dynamics of Democratization: Dictatorship, Development, and Diffusion. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN: 9781421400099.