Dr Meg Keen joined DPA in 2015; she has a professional background in South Pacific resource management, regionalism, development and intelligence/security. Meg has been a senior analyst in the Oceania Branch of the Office of National Assessments (2006-2015). In 2011, Meg was seconded to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) as a senior policy adviser in the Office of the Special Coordinator. Prior to joining the government, she was a Senior Lecturer in the Environmental Management and Development Graduate Program, National Centre for Development Studies (now Crawford School), and in the Human Ecology Program, Fenner School at the ANU. Meg has also been a lecturer in the Graduate School of Environmental Sciences at Monash University.
Meg’s current research deals with sustainable resource management, urbanisation, livelihoods and national development. She is the project leader for the Urbanisation in Honiara project (2015-16) which is working across multiple stakeholder groups to critically examine the politics of urbanisation, and the ways in which better urban management in Honiara can create pathways to prosperity and national stability. Meg also has research interests in the sustainable livelihoods, labour mobility, the blue economy and regional policing.
Past research projects and academic publications have addressed: social learning in resource management culminating in the book Social Learning in Resource Management: Towards a Sustainable Future; community-based resource management and development; economics for development; environmental communications and education; and, environmental impact assessment. Meg has done research consultancies for a range organisations including AusAID, Asia–Pacific Network, CSIRO, SPREP, and World Bank.
Professor Michael Wesley, Dean of The Australian National University (ANU) College of Asia and the Pacific, honoured five exceptional teaching staff at the College as part of the 2018 Awards for Ex
Development Bulletin 80 – December 2018 is out, and available online.
The Pacific islands are rapidly becoming more urbanised, with mounting pressures on infrastructure, services and social relations.