Megan Farrelly

Assoc Professor

  • 20 Chancellors Walk, Building 11 Rm W819

    3800 Clayton



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 processes and pathways for practical and socioi-institutional change. 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 trialing 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 'extreme events' (e.g. heat waves, droughts and floods); in particular, how sustainable practices may deliver improved resilience to such events.

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 2017

Research Output 2005 2017

Learning through evaluation: A tentative evaluative scheme for sustainability transition experiments

Luederitz, C. , Schapke, N. , Wiek, A. , Lang, D. J. , Bergmann, M. , Bos, J. J. , Burch, S. , Davies, A. , Evans, J. , Konig, A. , Farrelly, M. A. , Forrest, N. , Frantzeskaki, N. , Gibson, R. B. , Kay, B. , Loorbach, D. , McCormick, K. , Parodi, O. , Rauschmayer, F. , Schneidewind, U. & 7 others Stauffacher, M., Stelzer, F., Trencher, G., Venjakob, J., Vergragt, P. J., Wehrden, H. V. & Westley, F. R. 2017 In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 169, p. 61-76 16 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Understanding institutional capacity for urban water transitions

Bettini, Y. H., Brown, R. R., de Haan, F. J. & Farrelly, M. 2015 In : Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 94, p. 65 - 79 15 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Making the implicit, explicit: time for negotiating the urban supply hydrosocial contract?

Farrelly, M. & Brown, R. R. 2014 In : Urban Water Journal. 11, 5, p. 392 - 404 13 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle