Prof Meg Keen

Director, Australia Pacific Security College
Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy

Meg Keen joined the Crawford School of Public Policy in 2018 to take up the position of Director, Australia Pacific Security College. She leads a program of professional education, technical assistance, and collaboration aimed at strengthening responses to security challenges in the Pacific islands region. Her current research is focused on regional security policy, Pacific human and environmental security (particularly rapid urbanisation, sustainable settlements, informal economies and ocean governance), resilience, effective learning and knowledge brokering. Past research topics include urbanisation in Melanesia, informal economies and ocean governance.

Prior to taking up the directorship of PSC, Meg was a Senior Policy Fellow in the Department of Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific (2015-18), the coordinator for the departmental research cluster on Pacific island resilience and security; the lead on the Urbanisation in Melanesia research program (2015-19); and the Bell School Director of Research (2017-18). Meg received an award for outstanding contribution to student learning for her leadership of the inaugural New Colombo Plan field school on regional policy making in Suva, Fiji (2018).

Meg has experience as an academic, security analyst, policy maker, and consultant. For ten years (2005-15) she was a senior analyst in the Oceania Branch of the Office of National Assessment (now Office of National Intelligence), and a senior policy adviser in the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (2011-12). Her work as a senior analyst received four Australia Day Awards, and her work with RAMSI received a Police Overseas Service Medal from the Australia Federal Police. She has also worked on resource management in the Pacific islands as a consultant and a senior officer in government.

Prior to her government work, Meg was a senior lecturer in the Graduate Program for Environmental Management and Development (EMD) at the National Centre for Development Studies (now Crawford School of Public Policy). She has worked on research projects across the Asia-Pacific, including most Pacific island countries. Meg has also taught graduate courses in Pacific security, Pacific regional governance, resource decision-making and policy, environmental economics, human ecology and graduate research methodologies. She has extensive experience supervising Masters and PhD students.

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

  • Keen, M & Connell, J 2019, 'Regionalism and Resilience? Meeting Urban Challenges in Pacific Island States', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 324-337.
  • Keen M & Kiddle L. 2019/15, A PUF of Fresh Air? Pacific Urban Forum 2019. Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Canberra. Available at: http://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au/experts-publications/publications/6993/...
  • Keen, M & Ride, A 2019, 'Trading places: Inclusive cities and market vending in the Pacific Islands ', Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 60(3), pp 239-251..
  • Barbara, J & Keen, M 2018, 'Urbanisation in Melanesia: The politics of change', Development Bulletin (Canberra), vol. 78, pp. 16-19.
  • Keen, M, Schwarz, A & Wini-Simeon, L 2018, 'Towards defining the Blue Economy: Practical lessons from pacific ocean governance', Marine Policy, vol. 88, pp. 333-341.
  • Keen, M & Connell, J 2018, 'Urban transformations: From marginal to resilient Melanesian cities?', Development Bulletin (Canberra), vol. 80, no. December 2018, pp. 103-108.
  • Keen M, Ride A 2018/12, Markets Matter: Market Vendor Views on Security and Social Inclusion in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Canberra. Available at: http://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/publications/attach...
  • Keen, M & Ride, A. 2018/10. Markets Matter: Enhancing Livelihoods and Localities. Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Canberra. Available at: http://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/publications/attach...
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  • Keen M & Ride A. 2018/09, Markets Matter: ANU-UN Women Project on Honiara's Informal Markets in Solomon Islands. Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Canberra. Available at: http://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au/experts-publications/publications/6066/...
  • Keen, M & Bryar, T. 2018/02, Opportunity Knocks? ANU-PIFS Workshop on Regional Dimensions of Urbanisation. Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Canberra. Available at: http://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au/experts-publications/publications/5909/...
  • Putt, J, Dinnen, S, Keen, M et al 2018, The RAMSI Legacy for Policing in the Pacific Region. Australian National University, Canberra.
  • Thomas, P & Keen, M 2017, 'Urban Development in the Pacific: Introduction', Development Bulletin (Canberra), no. 78, pp. 1-3.
  • Keen, M & Carpenter, J 2017, 'Living on the fringes: Voices from those living in the settlements of Honiara', Development Bulletin (Canberra), vol. 78, pp. 54-58.
  • Allen, M, Dinnen, S, Keen, M et al 2017, New Pathways Across Old Terrain? SSGM Research on Resources, Conflict and Justice.
  • Batley J & Keen M. 2017/24. 'IB 2017/24: The Pacific's Independent Small Island States: Time Running Out?'. Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Canberra. Available at: http://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au/experts-publications/publications/5672/...
  • Keen, M, Barbara, J, Carpenter, J et al 2017, Urban Development in Honiara: Harnessing Opportunities, Embracing Change. SSGM Report. Canberra: Australian National University.
  • Putt, J, Dinnen, S, Keen, M et al 2017, IB2017/20 The RAMSI Legacy for Pacific Policing, Australian National University, Canberra, pp. 1-2pp.
  • Keen, M & McNeil, A 2016, IB2016/13 After the Floods: Urban Displacement, Lessons from Solomon Islands, pp. 1-2pp.
  • Keen, M & Barbara, J 2016, 'PRESENTATION - Urban Transformations & Traps: Honiara Today'.
  • Keen, M & Phillips, T 2016, Sharing the City: Urban Growth and Governance in Suva, Fiji.
  • Keen, M & Kiddle, L 2016, IB2016/28 Priced Out of the Market: Informal Settlements in Honiara, Solomon Islands, pp. 1-2pp.
  • Barbara, J, Keen, M & Carpenter, J 2016, IB2016/32 Visions for Henderson: A Workshop on Managing Peri-Urban Growth in Solomon Islands, pp. 1-2pp.
  • Keen, M 2016, 'PRESENTATION - Sharing the City: Bridging urban institutional divides in Honiara'.
  • Barbara, J & Keen, M 2016, IB 2016.9 Urban Politics in Melanesia: Shallow Roots.
  • Keen, M & Barbara, J 2015, IB2015/64 Pacific Urbanisation: Changing Times, pp. 1-2pp.
  • Keen, M & Hanich, Q 2015, IB2015/54 The Blue Economy: Plenty of Potential, pp. 1-2pp.
  • Ball, R, Bailey, R, Haley, N, and Keen, M 2015, IB2015/51 Pacific Labour Mobility: Removing the Gender Blinkers, pp. 1-2pp.
  • Keen, M, Mahanty, S & Sauvage, J 2006, 'Sustainability Assessment and Local Government: Achieving Innovation through Practitioner Networks.', Local Environment, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 201-216.
  • Keen, M & Mahanty, S 2006, 'Learning in sustainable natural resource management: Challenges and opportunities in the Pacific', Society and Natural Resources, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 497-513.
  • Keen, M, Brown, V & Dyball, R 2005, 'Social Learning: A new approach to environmental management', in Meg Keen, Valerie A. Brown, Rob Dyball (ed.), Social Learning in Environmental Management: Towards a sustainable future, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London, pp. 91-103.
  • Brown, V, Keen, M & Dyball, R 2005, 'Lessons from the Past, Learning from the Future', in Meg Keen, Valerie A. Brown, Rob Dyball (ed.), Social Learning in Environmental Management: Towards a sustainable future, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London, pp. 247-265.
  • Keen, M, Mahanty, S, Sauvage, J et al 2005, 'Engaging Communities of Practice for Sustainability: the case study of Sutherland Council, NSW', International Conference on Engaging Communities, ed. United Nations and Queensland Government, Queensland Government, online, pp. 1-18.
  • Keen, M & Sullivan, M 2005, 'Aiding the Environment: the Australian Development Agencys experience of implementing an environmental management system', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 628-649.
  • Keen, M & Mahanty, S 2005, 'Collaborative learning: Bridging scales and interests', in Meg Keen, Valerie A. Brown, Rob Dyball (ed.), Social Learning in Environmental Management: Towards a sustainable future, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London, pp. 104-122.
  • Brown, V, Dyball, R, Keen, M et al 2005, 'The Reflective Practitioner: Practising what we preach', in Meg Keen, Valerie A. Brown, Rob Dyball (ed.), Social Learning in Environmental Management: Towards a sustainable future, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London, pp. 224-246.
  • Keen, M, Brown, V & Dyball, R, eds, 2005, Social Learning in Environmental Management: Towards a Sustainable Future, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London.
  • Keen, M & Mahanty, S 2004, 'Evaluating Aid: a process for learning, reflection and change', Development Bulletin (Canberra), vol. 64, pp. 63-67.
  • Cocklin, C & Keen, M 2000, 'Urbanization in the Pacific: Environmental change, vulnerability and human security', Environmental Conservation, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 392-403.
  • Dyball, R, Brown, V & Keen, M 2007, 'Towards sustainability: Five strands of social learning', in Arjen E.J. Wals (ed.), Social learning towards a sustainable world; principles, perspectives, and praxis, Wageningen Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, pp. 181-195.
  • Keen, M 2003, 'Integrated Water Management in the South Pacific', Development Bulletin (Canberra), vol. 63, pp. 60-64.
  • Keen, M 2003, 'Integrated Water management in the South Pacific: policy, institutional and socio-cultural dimensions', Water Policy, vol. 5, pp. 147-164.
  • Keen, M 2002, 'Urban Ecology', in Janis Birkeland (ed.), Design for Sustainability, Earthscan Publications Ltd, United Kingdom, pp. 57-61.
  • Keen, M & Lal, P 2002, 'Creating supportive frameworks for community based resource management', Development Bulletin (Canberra), vol. 58, pp. 46-51.
  • Lal, P & Keen, M 2002, 'Economic Considerations in community based resource use and management', Development Bulletin (Canberra), vol. 58, pp. 68-71.
  • Keen, M & Stocklmayer, S 1999, 'Science Communication: The evolving role of Rural Industry Research and Development Corporations', Australian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 4, pp. 196-206.