Meredith Whitten

Meredith Whitten

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Geography and Environment

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Key Expertise
Urban green space, Green infrastructure, Urban parks, Urban planning

About me

Dr Meredith Whitten is an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow based in the LSE's Department of Geography and Environment. She completed her PhD in Regional and Urban Planning at the LSE in January 2019.

Her research focuses on green space planning and the role that urban greening plays in addressing impacts stemming from urbanisation and processes of urban change. Her current work addresses how the conceptualisation of urban green space affects planning, governance and funding processes. This includes challenges cities face in integrating traditional green spaces into a wider system of contemporary green infrastructure.

Before completing her doctoral work, Meredith worked as a policy analyst, economic development consultant and urban planner across the public, private and non-profit sectors. Meredith is a board member of the AAG Landscape Specialty Group, and she served on the Mayor of London's Green Infrastructure Task Force and as a consultant to Parks for London. She also holds an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning from the 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.

Selected publications 

Whitten M., 2020. Contesting Longstanding Conceptualisations of Urban Green Space. In: Dempsey N., Dobson J. (eds) Naturally Challenged: Contested Perceptions and Practices in Urban Green Spaces. Cities and Nature. Springer, Cham. Read here

Whitten, M., 2020. Valuing urban green space in a time of crisis – and in everyday life, Landscape, (3):20-21. Reprinted from LSE London. Read here

Whitten, M., 2019. Blame it on austerity? Examining the impetus behind London’s changing green space governance. People, Place and Policy, 12(3), 204-224. Read here.  

Whitten, M., 2016. Green belt does not relieve pressure on London's urban green spaces, HEIF Metropolitan Green Belt research project, LSE Department of Geography & Environment. Read here


Expertise Details

Urban parks and green space; Landscape planning; Green infrastructure; Planning governance