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Katie Meehan

  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: (541) 346-4521
  • Office: 107 Condon Hall
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:00-noon
  • Interests: Water governance and policy, political ecology, science and technology studies


My research and teaching interests are in water governance and policy, urban infrastructure and informal development, political ecology, and science and technology studies (STS). As a political ecologist, I seek to explain how environmental subjects--and their objects--shape our worlds and ways of knowing, particularly in the context of environmental change and deepening inequalities in cities of the global South. Past research, set in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, examined why urban dwellers create informal water supply, and how these technologies produced diverse economies, institutions, and modes of development. My current project explores social and behavioral adaptation to climate change, with a focus on household decision-making and institutional barriers to scaling-up adaptation strategies. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative methods, this work examines the spatial governance challenges associated with institutionalizing rainwater harvesting at broader scales--from the individual to city or regional levels--as the impacts of climate variability and change are unevenly 'downloaded' by urban households. I welcome inquiries from students whose interests converge in political ecology and STS.



B.A. University of Oregon, 1999; MSc., University of Oxford (Honors), 2005; Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2010