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Meredith Whitten

Meredith Whitten is a Fellow in Environment based in the LSE's Department of Geography and Environment. She holds a PhD in Regional and Urban Planning from the LSE and was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Meredith’s research focuses on the urban environment, particularly the intricate, evolving and often contested relationship between cities and nature, and how this relationship is mediated through planning to address urban sustainability, including improving both human and ecological health. She has a particular focus on urban green space and green infrastructure. As such, her work explores evolving institutional, planning and governance frameworks that aim to address impacts stemming from urbanisation and processes of urban change.

Meredith’s research and her experience reflect the multidisciplinary approach inherent in addressing the urban landscape. Before completing her doctoral work, Meredith worked as a policy analyst and urban planner across the public, private and non-profit sectors in the UK and the US. Meredith is chair of the AAG Landscape Specialty Group and serves as a specialist in the Design Council’s Expert Network. She has served on the Mayor of London's Green Infrastructure Task Force and as a consultant to Parks for London and the London Green Spaces Commission.

She also holds an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning from LSE, and a Master of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. She has received several LSE Teaching Excellence Awards, holds a full Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) and is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.


  • –present
    Fellow in Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science