MERROW Sara

Data inizio – Data fine: 16 Maggio 2022 - 16 Luglio 2022
Ente di provenienza: Arizona State University
Dipartimento di destinazione: DIST - Dipartimento Interateneo di Scienze, Progetto e Politiche del Territorio
Coordinatore al Politecnico: OMBRETTA CALDARICE

Dr. Sara Meerow is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University in the United States. She is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of urban planning and geography to make cities more resilient to climate change and other hazards in ways that are sustainable and just. Her problem-driven, collaborative research combines quantitative and qualitative social science methods with spatial analysis in three focus areas: 1) conceptualizations of urban resilience; 2) planning for urban resilience in a changing climate; and 3) green infrastructure to enhance social-ecological resilience. Dr. Meerow’s influential research on urban resilience conceptualizations reveals important distinctions in how resilience is defined by different academic disciplines, practitioners, and the public that suggest that the predominant understanding of resilience as ‘bouncing back’ from disruption is unlikely to foster the transformative changes needed to address urban challenges, including climate change. The definition of urban resilience her and her colleagues proposed and their framework for critically applying the definition in different contexts are among the most highly cited in their respective journals and on the topic of urban resilience. In other work, Dr. Meerow’s examines how cities are translating resilience into practice and whether these plans effectively tackle climate change and systemic injustices while transforming governance. Some of her ongoing research projects focus specifically on planning for resilience to flooding and extreme heat, looking at how these hazards are governed across cities and developing new methodologies for analyzing how different community plans work as a network to shape resilience. Dr. Meerow also researches green infrastructure or nature-based solutions (green roofs, rain gardens, bioswales, etc.) as a widely promoted strategy to enhance resilience. By unpacking the complexities of green infrastructure planning, she equips cities with the tools to plan green infrastructure more strategically and equitably. Dr. Meerow’s research has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and she has published more than 30 articles in academic journals including Nature, Journal of the American Planning Association, Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Geography, Environmental Research Letters, and Urban Studies. She has a Ph.D. from the School of Natural Resources and Environment (now the School for Environment and Sustainability) at the University of Michigan, a master’s in international development studies from the University of Amsterdam, and a bachelor’s in political science and history from the University of Florida