Megan Farrelly

Assoc Professor

  • 20 Chancellors Walk, Building 11 Rm W819

    3800 Clayton


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Personal profile

Research interests

I am interested in the broad fields of environmental and natural resource governance. In particular, I am interested in exploring and understanding how processes and pathways for practical and social-institutional change are shaped. To this end, my research focuses on exploring the role of sustainability experimentation (technical and governance) in helping to promote and deliver changes in policy and on-ground practices. Here I focus on demonstrations/experiments related to trialling innovative alternative water systems, green infrastructure and decentralised energy technologies. Drawing on socio-ecological systems, new institutionalism and sustainability transitions scholarship, I am interested in unpacking the role and utility of experimentation as a process towards delivering and sustaining change. Complementing this research, I have an interest in social learning, evaluation and impact assessment, drivers of institutional change and unpacking urban transformations.

I also have a growing interest in understanding disaster resilience and risk management in Australia and beyond in relation to 'how sustainable practices may deliver improved resilience to extreme events (e.g. heat waves, droughts and floods).

Supervision interests

I am open to working with students who are interested in examining questions related to urban sustainability, water governance, natural resource management issues, and experimentation and learning.

Possible Honours and Masters 12/24pt Research Topics:

Water Sensitive Urban Design: where are we at and where are we going?

10,000 Raingardens: greening Melbourne or green wash?

Exploring the intangible and tangible impacts arising from interdisciplinary, collaborative sustainability research.

Can experimentation deliver widespread practice change in urban environments?

Monash teaching commitment

Dr Megan Farrelly current coordinates the following undergraduate and postgraudate units:

Extreme Earth! Natural Hazards and Human Vulnerability (ATS1310)

Resource Evaluation and Management (ATS3554/APG4554)

Perspectives on Sustainability (ENS5020)


Megan has also previously coordinated the following units:

Environmental Governance (2009; 2010)

Environmental Analysis and Decision-Making (2009; 2010) (3yrd and 4th yr)

Frontiers in Environment and Sustainability (2011)


Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee (2016)

Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (2014)

Environmental Protection Authority, Victoria (2009)



  • Environmental Policy
  • Sustainability Transitions
  • Experimentation & Innovation Systems
  • Environmental Governance
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Social Learning
  • Sustainablility
  • Urban Water Transitions
  • Evaluation & Learning
  • Energy Transitions
  • Transformation
  • Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design

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Projects 2014 2020

Research Output 2005 2019

Urban transformative capacity: From concept to practice

Wolfram, M., Borgström, S. & Farrelly, M., 1 May 2019, In : Ambio. 48, 5, p. 437-448 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Biofilters for urban agriculture: metal uptake of vegetables irrigated with stormwater

Ng, KT., Herrero, P., Hatt, B., Farrelly, M. & McCarthy, D., 15 Oct 2018, In : Ecological Engineering. 122, p. 177-186 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Broadening Experimentation through Research-Industry Collaboratives in the Australian Water Sector

Farrelly, M. A. & Bos, J. J., 2018, Innovating Climate Governance: Moving Beyond Experiments. Turnheim, B., Kivimaa, P. & Berkhout, F. (eds.). Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 103-120 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Building effective Planning Support Systems for green urban water infrastructure—practitioners’ perceptions

Kuller, M., Farrelly, M., Deletic, A. & Bach, P. M., Nov 2018, In : Environmental Science and Policy. 89, p. 153-162 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Evolution of water governance in Bangladesh: An urban perspective

Yasmin, T., Farrelly, M. & Rogers, B. C., 1 Sep 2018, In : World Development. 109, p. 386-400 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2018 2018

  • 2 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Eawag - Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology

Megan Farrelly (Visiting researcher)
29 Oct 20181 Nov 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Blue Green Systems (Journal)

Megan Farrelly (Associate editor)
21 Sep 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Ambio (Journal)

Megan Farrelly (Guest editor), Marc Wolfram (Guest editor), Sara Borgstrom (Guest editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility