Meg Keen

Associate Professor/Senior Policy Fellow


BA (Hons) Queen’s - Canada; PhD (ANU)

Contact details
+61 2 6125 2677
Room: 5133
Building: HC Coombs Extension

Meg Keen joined the Department of Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific 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 Pacific human and environmental security, urbanisation in the Pacific, sustainable oceans governance, 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, urbanisation and community development.

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. Meg has extensive experience supervising Masters and PhD students.

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

Some of Meg’s publications:

Keen, M and Paul J. 2019. Resilience in Pacific Cities and Towns: The Social Dimensions of Change. In D Sanderson and L Bruce (eds), Resilience in the Asia Pacific. Routledge (In Press).

Keen, M and Ride A. 2019. Trading Places: Inclusive Cities and Market Vending. Asia Pacific Viewpoint (In Press).

Keen, M and Connell, 2019. Regionalism and Resilience? Meeting Urban Challenges in Pacific Island States. Urban Policy and Research. DOI:

Meg and Umut recognised for teaching excellence

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

Members of the Urbanisation Workshop

Researching the Urban Pacific

The Pacific islands are rapidly becoming more urbanised, with mounting pressures on infrastructure, services and social relations.

Oceans Governance: Shaping our Future Workshop

Oceans governance is a key priority area for the Pacific region.

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