Meg Holden’s major research project from 2014-2019 is called Ecourbanism Worldwide, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Ecourbanism Worldwide expands upon a two year Research Development Initiative, called Critical Comparative Urban Sustainability, that examined the ways in which understandings of the failures and successes of new urban waterfront redevelopment projects in Vancouver and Melbourne were contextualized, argued, and brought to bear in their specific multi-actor contexts.
Ecourbanism Worldwide is creating a global compendium of neighbourhood-scale model sustainable development initiatives and conducting case study research into the outcomes of these developments in terms of the opportunities they may offer for new ways of life in the city. The project takes a qualitative approach, 25 aiming to examine the diversity of perspectives across the wide range of urban actor types involved in bringing to life, justifying, and critiquing these new pieces of city.
She also is active in research partnership projects in the Vancouver Metropolitan area that focus on developing more reliable, longitudinal data sets related to housing development, and reporting that sheds light on relationships between municipalities and home builders in the residential development industry (the Getting to Groundbreaking project), and that examine opportunities for in ll housing development that is sensitive to ecological, social, and economic concerns that this form of housing development creates (the Rede ning In ll project). She supervises graduate students in a range of research areas related to urban sustainability, urban planning, urban development policy, public participation processes, and resilience and transitions thinking.