Katie Meehan


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Research interests (short)

Urban political ecology; environmental justice; household water insecurity; infrastructure and cities; political of climate change knowledge; science and technology studies (STS); Latin America and the USA

Biographical details

Dr. Katie Meehan is an expert in cities, infrastructure, water governance, informal urban development, environmental justice, and the politics of climate change knowledge. She has worked in Mexico and the U.S. Southwest for over a decade.

In January 2019, she joined King's after nine years as an Assistant/Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Oregon (2010-2019), her home state. Katie completed her PhD in Geography at the University of Arizona (2010), along with a Graduate Certificate in Water Policy. She earned a MSc in Environmental Change and Management (with Distinction) from University of Oxford, and a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon.

Prior to academic life, Katie worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Environmental Educator in Belize (2000-02) and Guatemala (2002-03).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Associate Professor, University of Oregon

1 Sept 201615 Dec 2018

Assistant Professor, University of Oregon

1 Sept 201031 Aug 2016


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