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Geography & Environment


Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE


Meredith Whitten

PhD candidate in Regional and Urban Planning


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Meredith holds an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning from the LSE. She also earned a Master of Public Affairs with an emphasis on environmental policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, where her research focused on the interplay among federal land, endangered species and surface transportation policies. Meredith also holds a Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.

Before beginning her PhD research, Meredith had a professional career in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She has worked as a consultant for an economic development strategy firm, a policy analyst and advisor to the Texas State Legislature, a public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation, a research assistant for the Urban Land Institute-Europe and a policy analyst for The Wilderness Society, where she researched the effects of state and federal laws on federally designated wilderness areas.

At the LSE, Meredith teaches GY300 Theories of Regional Economic Development as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and she contributes to the LSE’s Sustainability blog. She also has written for Urban Vignettes, a collaborative visual-blog about how people engage with city life, and has been a finalist in the LSE Research Festival’s poster category

Research Interests

  • Urban planning and policy
  • Urban green space and urban parks
  • Compact city and urban density
  • Influence of values and priorities in decision making
  • Urban governance
  • Land and conservation ethic

Thesis Title: Institutional Influences in Urban Green Space Delivery and Management

Meredith’s research examines the delivery and management of urban green space within the constraint of the push to provide dense development that increases the housing supply in Inner London. This project looks at how local authorities reconcile the inherent conflicts between the compact, dense city and the sustainable, green city, both of which are UK- and London-wide policy objectives. In particular, Meredith’s research focuses on the Inner London boroughs of Islington, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth. The research draws from in-depth interviews, document review and quantitative data analysis. The intent is to unravel how local context and local culture influence decisions about green space and whether these influences result in variations in the quantity, quality, accessibility and management of urban green space across London that then shape a person’s experience in and relationship with green space.

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Meredith Whitten