Degree completed in 2017.

Tracking inclusive sustainable development at multiple scales: South Africa’s safe and just operating spaces


Academic Profile

Megan was the Programme Manager for Climate and Development at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. In 2011, she managed a team of researchers and expert advisors, and worked closely with the Government of Rwanda to develop a national 'Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy' for Rwanda. The Strategy provides a long term vision for socio-economic development delivered through programmes of action across key sectors: energy, water, land, forestry, agriculture, mining, transport, built environment, industry, education, health and finance. Megan worked on the energy and mining sectors in depth for the project. She was also an advisor for the documentary 'Rwanda: Emerging in a Changing Climate' and was on the Rwandan delegation at COP17 where the Strategy was launched in December 2011.

In early 2012 she led two reports for a South African think tank (CDE) on the future of climate change negotiations and the response of the BASIC countries; and a scoping study for DFID in China on opportunities for south-south learning on climate adaptation (CASSALD). She also managed an international research project on community-based climate change adaptation in small island developing states (GIVRAPD).

Before moving to the UK in 2010, Megan worked for Anglo Platinum in South Africa for 8 years. She focused on developing and implementing new technology, software and systems on site and at head office for geology, geotechnical engineering and Mine-to-Mill. As a Research Manager (2008-2010) she brought sustainable development into the research agenda through cross-discipline collaboration, engaging with diverse stakeholders, and innovative projects. She led a team of graduates in developing a vision of the mining company of the future; contributed to a corporate Water Strategy; worked on the of the 'true value of water' for Anglo operations; and initiated and managed the development of analytical tool which integrates corporate sustainable development goals into operational and strategic decision making.

Megan was a member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) Council from 2008 to 2010 and a guest lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand from 2006 to 2010. In August 2009, she was featured in the Mail & Guardian (M&G) Book of South African Women and in April 2010, Megan was nominated for South Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government.

Megan has a BSc in Geology and Chemistry and a BScHons in Geology from the University of Cape Town, and a MScEng in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand.

Current Research

Megan's research is evaluating a new conceptual framework which proposes planetary boundaries and social foundations for sustainability. She is attempting to apply it at the national scale in South Africa and determine critical thresholds for strategic natural resources.