Sara Meerow

Assistant Professor
TEMPE Campus
Asst Professor
TEMPE Campus


Sara Meerow is an interdisciplinary social-ecological systems scientist working at the intersection of urban geography and planning. Her research tackles the challenge of how to make cities more resilient in the face of climate change and other social and environmental hazards. She combines more conceptual studies of urban resilience with empirical research on the complexities of green infrastructure and climate change adaptation planning in a range of cities including Manila, New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit. Meerow emphasizes problem-driven, collaborative research that combines qualitative and quantitative methods with spatial analysis. She earned her doctorate in 2017 from the School of Natural Resources and Environment (now the School for Environment and Sustainability) at the University of Michigan. She also has a master's in international development studies from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.


  • Ph.D. Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
  • M.S. International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam 
  • B.A. Political Science and History, University of Florida

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Research Interests

Urban resilience; Climate change adaptation; Green infrastructure planning; Urban climate change governance; Urban infrastructure planning


Meerow, Sara. 2017. "Weathering the storm: The politics of urban climate change adaptation planning." Environment and Planning A. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X17735225

Meerow, Sara. 2017. “Double exposure, infrastructure planning, and urban climate change resilience in coastal megacities: A case study of Manila.” Environment and Planning A. DOI:10.1177/0308518X17723630

Meerow, Sara and Joshua P. Newell. 2017. “Spatial planning for multifunctional green infrastructure: Growing resilience in Detroit.” Landscape and Urban Planning. 159: 62-75.

Meerow, Sara and Joshua P. Newell. 2016. “Urban resilience for whom, what, when, where, and why?” Urban Geography. DOI:10.1080/02723638.2016.1206395.

Meerow, Sara and Melissa Stults. 2016. “Comparing conceptualizations of urban climate resilience in theory and practice.” Sustainability. 8(7): 701.

Meerow, Sara, Joshua P. Newell, Melissa Stults. 2016. “Defining Urban Resilience: A Review.” Landscape and Urban Planning. 147: 38-49.

Nordgren, John, Melissa Stults, Sara Meerow. 2016. “Supporting Local Climate Change Adaptation: Where we are and where we need to go.” Environmental Science and Policy. 66: 344-352.

Meerow, Sara and Joshua P. Newell. 2015. “Resilience and Complexity: A Bibliometric Review and Prospects for Industrial Ecology.” Journal of Industrial Ecology. 19(2): 236-251.

Stults, Melissa, John R. Nordgren, Sara Meerow, Melisa Ongun, Rachel Jacobson, and Cory Hamilton. 2015. "Assessing the Climate Adaptation Resource and Service Landscape" in Bullock, Haddow, Haddow, and Coppola (Eds.), Living with Climate Change: How Communities are Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Climate. Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Meerow, Sara and Isa Baud. 2012. “Generating Resilience: Exploring the Contribution of the Small Power Producer and Very Small Power Producer Programs to the Resilience of Thailand’s Power Sector.” International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development. 4(1): 20-38. 

Mans, Ulrich and Sara Meerow. 2012. “Linking Green City Politics with Green Business” in Simpson and Zimmerman (Eds.), The Economy of Green Cities: World Compendium on the Green Urban Economy. ICLEI-Springer Series: Local Sustainability 3. Dordrecht: Springer.

Lindberg, Staffan and Sara Meerow. 2011. “Persistent Authoritarianism and the Future of Democracy in Africa” in Brown (ed.) Democratization: Doubt, Dictatorship, Diffusion, and Development. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press. 



Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
SOS 111 Sustainable Cities
PUP 190 Sustainable Cities
PUP 548 Plang for Sustainb Communities