Sara Meerow

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. I am also a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Institute for Global Sustainability, a faculty affiliate of the Urban Climate Research Center, CAP-LTER, and recently created the Planning for Urban Resilience Lab at ASU.

My research, at the intersection of urban geography and planning, tackles the challenge of how to make cities more resilient to climate change and other hazards in a way that is sustainable and just. I currently focus on three interrelated topics:

My work has been published in journals including Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Geography, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of the American Planning Association, Environmental Research Letters, and Urban Forestry & Urban Greening (See the full list in Google Scholar). I am currently the PI for a National Science Foundation grant on flood resilience planning and have other ongoing projects on extreme heat resilience and green infrastructure planning.

I received my Ph.D. from the School of Natural Resources and Environment (now the School for Environment and Sustainability) at the University of Michigan. I also have 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.

Prospective master's and PhD students interested in working with me at ASU and joining the Planning for Urban Resilience Lab should send me an email.