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Sara Meerow

Sara Meerow

Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Sara Meerow is an associate professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. She 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 PhD in 2017 from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment (now the School for Environment and Sustainability). She also has a master’s in international development studies from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. 


  • PhD, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan, 2017
  • MS, Department of Human Geography, Planning, and International Development, University of Amsterdam, 2010
  • BA, Political Science and History, University of Florida, 2009


Journal Articles


Hoover, F., S. A. Meerow, Z. J. Grabowski and P. T. McPhearson. 2021. Environmental justice implications of siting criteria in urban green infrastructure planning. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 23(5):665-682. DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2021.1945916. (link )

Meerow, S. A., A. Helmrich, R. Andrade and K. L. Larson. 2021. How do heat and flood risk drive residential green infrastructure implementation in Phoenix, Arizona?. Urban Ecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s11252-020-01088-x. (link )

Meerow, S. A., M. Natarajan and D. Krantz. 2021. Green infrastructure performance in arid and semi-arid urban environments. Urban Water Journal 18(4):275-285. DOI: 10.1080/1573062X.2021.1877741. (link )

Munoz-Erickson, T. A., S. A. Meerow, R. J. Hobbins, E. M. Cook, D. M. Iwaniec, M. Berbés-Blázquez, N. B. Grimm, A. Barnett, J. Cordero, C. Gim, T. R. Miller, F. Tandazo Bustamante and A. Robles-Morua. 2021. Beyond bouncing back? Comparing and contesting urban resilience frames in US and Latin American contexts. Landscape and Urban Planning 214:104173. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2021.104173. (link )


Feagan, M., M. Matsler, S. A. Meerow, T. A. Munoz-Erickson, R. Hobbins, C. Gim and C. A. Miller. 2019. Redesigning knowledge systems for urban resilience. Environmental Science & Policy 101(Nov):358-363. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.07.014. (link )

Larson, K. L., E. A. Corley, R. Andrade, S. J. Hall, A. M. York, S. A. Meerow, P. J. Coseo, D. L. Childers and D. M. Hondula. 2019. Subjective evaluations of ecosystem services and disservices: an approach to creating and analyzing robust survey scales. Ecology and Society 24(2):Art 7. DOI: 10.5751/ES-10888-240207. (link )

Meerow, S. A., P. Pajouhesh and T. R. Miller. 2019. Social equity in urban resilience planning. Local Environment 24(9):793-808. DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2019.1645103. (link )


Meerow, S. 2017. Double exposure, infrastructure planning, and urban climate resilience in coastal megacities: A case study of Manila. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 49(11):2649-2672. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X17723630. (link )

Meerow, S. A. and J. P. Newell. 2017. Spatial planning for multifunctional green infrastructure: Growing resilience in Detroit. Landscape and Urban Planning 159(Mar):62-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.10.005. (link )


Meerow, S. and J. P. Newell. 2016. Urban resilience for whom, what, when, where, and why?. Urban Geography DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2016.1206395. (link )

Meerow, S., J. P. Newell and M. Stults. 2016. Defining urban resilience: A review. Landscape and Urban Planning 147(Mar):38-49. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.11.011. (link )

Meerow, S. and M. Stults. 2016. Comparing conceptualizations of urban climate resilience in theory and practice. Sustainability 8(7):701. DOI: 10.3390/su8070701. (link )

Nordgren, J., M. Stults and S. Meerow. 2016. Supporting local climate change adaptation: Where we are and where we need to go. Environmental Science & Policy 66(Dec):344-352. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.05.006. (link )


Meerow, S. and J. P. Newell. 2015. Resilience and complexity: A bibliometric review and prospects for industrial ecology. Journal of Industrial Ecology 19(2):236-251. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12252. (link )


Meerow, S. A. and I. 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. DOI: 10.1080/19463138.2012.667414. (link )

Book Chapters


Stults, M., J. Nordgren, S. Meerow, M. Ongun, R. Jacobson and C. Hamilton. 2016. Assessing the climate adaptation resource and service landscape. Pp. 124-132 In: Bullock, J. A., G. D. Haddow, K. S. Haddow and D. P. Coppola eds., Living with Climate Change: How Communities are Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Climate. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Boca Raton, FL. ISBN: 978-1498725361.


Mans, U. and S. Meerow. 2013. Linking green city politics with green business. Pp. 149-160 In: Simpson, R. and M. Zimmermann eds., The Economy of Green Cities: A World Compendium on the Green Urban Economy. Vol 3. Springer Netherlands. ISBN: 978-94-007-1968-2.


Lindberg, S. and S. Meerow. 2011. Persistant authoritarianism and the future of democracy in Africa. In: Brown, N. J. ed., The Dynamics of Democratization: Dictatorship, Development, and Diffusion. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN: 9781421400099.



Coleman, E., F. Hoover and S. A. Meerow. 2020. Achieving equity in stormwater management; green infrastructure criteria in US cities. Poster presented at the Twenty-second Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 17, 2020, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ.

Smith, J. P., S. A. Meerow and B. L. Turner II. 2020. Siting urban gardens through multicriteria decision analysis. Poster presented at the Twenty-second Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 17, 2020, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ.


Larson, K. L., R. Andrade, S. A. Meerow and P. J. Coseo. 2018. Perceived ecosystem services and disservices: Preliminary findings and reliable survey measures. Poster presented at the 20th Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 5, 2018, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )



Hobbins, R. J., T. A. Munoz-Erickson, S. A. Meerow and C. A. Miller. 2019. Knowledge system innovation for resilient coastal cities. Presentation at the 2019 Transformations Conference, October 16-18, 2019, Santiago, Chile.