Associate Professor Meg Keen

Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

  • Natural Resource Management
  • Human Geography
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Pacific Peoples Environmental Knowledge
  • Urban Policy


Meg Keen joined the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia program in 2015, following ten years as a senior analyst in the Oceania Branch of the Office of National Assessment, and a year as a senior policy adviser in the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands. Her current research is focused on urbanisation in the Pacific, sustainable fisheries management and regional governance in the Pacific Islands.

Prior to her government work she was a senior lecturer in the Graduate Program for Environmental Management and Development (EMD) at the Crawford School, ANU. She has worked on research projects across the Asia-Pacific, publishing on social learning in environmental management, natural resource management, aid effectiveness, environmental impact assessment and community development.

Meg has also taught graduate courses in environmental impact assessment, environmental decision-making and policy, environmental economics, human ecology and graduate research methodologies. Meg has extensive experience supervising Masters and PhD students.

Other academic appointments include lecturer Human Ecology, ANU and lecturer Environmental Sciences, Monash University.

Researcher's projects

Urbanisation in Honiara: Managing Change, Creating Opportunities.  A large research project funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to: review international, regional and local literature and case studies to map out key issues, practical lessons and policy options relevant to Honiara; consult with key stakeholders and community members about urban management options and preferences; produce a summary report to help Solomon Islands and donors respond to mounting urban pressures.  January-December 2016. Lead Investigator.

College of Asia and the Pacific Strategic Partnership grant on Resource Management in the Pacific Islands: Navigating the Politics and Practicalities (with A/Prof Sinclair Dinnen).  A collaborative project with the Pacific Island Forum and the University of the South Pacific to strengthen collaboration, run a joint workshop and produce supporting reports. June-December 2016.


Past student projects

Examples of Past PhD Theses Supervised:

Rasosudarmo, Ida. 2007. Has Indonesia's Decentralisation Led to Improved Forestry Governance? (PhD Thesis) Australian National University.

Kelly, Dana. 2005. Power and Participation: Participatory Resource Management in South-West Queensland. (PhD Thesis) Australian National University.

Veitayaki, J. 2000. Realities in Rural Development: Fisheries Development in Fiji. (PhD Thesis) Australian National University.

Esguerra, E. 1999. Forests, People and Palawan: The Challenges of Implementing the Strategic Environment Plan. (PhD Thesis) Australian National University.