BiographyMeg Holden is Professor of Urban Studies and Geography and Director of the Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She has held visiting posts at RMIT University Melbourne at the Global Cities Research Institute and at the Université de Paris, la Sorbonne, at the LADYSS (Laboratoire Dynamiques sociales et recomposition des espaces).
Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Meg Holden received her B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Geography from the University of Victoria, where she learned about old growth forests, the pulp and paper industry, natural processes, urbanization processes, and the importance of culture and politics in living as part of these processes. There, she witnessed the Clayoquot Sound protests, which ultimately prevailed in that particular war in the woods, and the outlawing of clearcutting in British Columbia. She went on to pursue her MSc at Rutgers University, now focusing more on planning studies and the integration of human and environmental goals in community development processes. While there, she witnessed the thrills of commuting on Highway 1-9, 89 cent per gallon gasoline, and the chupacabra in Liberty State Park. To pursue her PhD, she left her disciplinary background in geography to gain interdisciplinary perspective as a member of the first cohort in Public and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research, where she also studied philosophical pragmatism. Her research continues to carry these traces and to ask how and why questions about the engagement of communities of people and ideas with major challenges of unsustainable development, the paths taken and avoided, the knowledge we need and the knowledge and social tools that we have at our disposal.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
sustainability assessment, sustainability indicators, community well-being, community indicators, environmental pragmatism, urban studies, urban sustainability, public participation, urban planning, social planning and policy, urban environmental policy, comparative case study research, action research, social learning, urban governance
She loves cities and forests in equal measure. Her all-time favourite emcee is Special Ed.
By: Meg Holden
Review of Pragmatic Justifications for the Sustainable City by Jared Enriquez in JPER.
By: Meg Holden
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability, Geography , Urban Planning, Urban Studies
My book, Pragmatic Justifications for the Sustainable City: Acting in the common place, was recently reviewed in The Canadian Geographer. Read the review here.