Meghan Alexander

University of East Anglia

Senior Research Associate


Meghan is a Senior Research Associate within the School of Politics at the University of East Anglia. As an interdisciplinary Human Geographer, Meghan’s research is interested in the multi-level governance of natural hazards and climate change, and corresponding implications for societal resilience and well-being. Her current research investigates the path dependencies and self-reinforcing mechanisms through which policy ‘lock-ins’ are created, sustained and restrict capacities to adapt to future climate change, drawing comparisons across the UK, Germany and The Netherlands (as part of the ADAPT-LOCK-IN project). Prior to this, Meghan has worked extensively on the assessment and evaluation of governance for flood and coastal erosion risk management in the UK and Europe, examining various research themes related to effectiveness, legitimacy, social equity/justice, coproduction and citizen participation, as well as the science-policy interface. Her experience spans a range of research methods, supporting both quantitative and qualitative analysis (including stakeholder interviews, workshops, policy, discourse and legal analysis, Qualitative Comparative Analysis, questionnaire (online) surveys, case study research and Systematic Reviews).

Research Interests:

Environmental (risk) governance;

Climate policy and governance;

Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management;

Resilience and climate change adaptation;

Health and well-being;

Ecosystem services and ecosystem-based management;

Climate services;


Selected publications:

Hegger, D., Alexander, M., Raadgever, T., Priest, S. and Bruzzone, S. (2020) Shaping flood risk governance through science-policy interfaces: insights from England, France and The Netherlands. Environmental Science & Policy. 106. 157-165.

Rendon, O.R., Garbutt, A., Skov, M., Möller, I., Alexander, M., Ballinger, R., Wyles, k., Smith, G., McKinley, E., Griffin, J., Thomas, M., Davidson, K., Pagès, J., Read, S., and Beaumont, N. (2019) A framework linking ecosystem services and human well-being: an application to saltmarsh. People and Nature. 1 (4). 486-496. DOI: 10.1002/pan3.10050

Alexander, M. and Dessai, S. (2019) What can climate services learn from the broader services literature? Climatic Change. 10.1007/s10584-019-02388-8

Mees, H., Alexander, M., Matczak, P., Gralepois, M., and Mees H.L.P.  (2018) Typologies of citizen co-production in flood risk governance. Environmental Science and Policy. 89. 330-339

Alexander, M., Priest, S. and Penning-Rowsell, E.C. (2017) The risk of ill-informed reform: the future for English flood risk management. Area. DOI: 10.1111/area.12393

Alexander, M., Doorn, N. and Priest, S. (2017) Bridging the legitimacy gap –Translating theory into practical signposts for legitimate flood risk governance. Regional Environmental Change. 18(2). 397-408. DOI 10.1007/s10113-017-1195-4

Bruno Soares, M., Alexander, M. and Dessai, S. (2017) Sectoral use of climate information in Europe: a synoptic overview. Climate Services. http://dx.

Fournier, M., Larrue, C., Alexander, M., Hegger, D., Bakker, M., Pettersson, M., Crabbé, A., Mees, H. and Chorynski, A. (2016) Flood risk mitigation in Europe – how far are we from desired forms of adaptive governance? Ecology and Society. 21(4): 49

Gilissen, H.K., Alexander, M., Matczak, P., Pettersson, M. and Bruzzone, S. (2016) A framework for evaluating the effectiveness of flood emergency management systems in Europe. Ecology and Society. 21(4): 27

Alexander, M., Priest, S. and Mees, H. (2016) A framework for evaluating flood risk governance. Environmental Science and Policy. 64. 38-47

Mees, H., Crabbe, A., Alexander, M., Bruzzone, S., Kaufmann, M., Levy, L. and Lewandowski, J. (2016) Coproducing flood risk management through citizen involvement –Insights from cross-country comparisons in Europe. Journal of Ecology and Society. 21(3): 7

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