Megan Peloso

Megan Peloso graduated in May 2014 with an MA in Resource Management and Environmental Studies at IRES. Under the supervision of Dr. Leila Harris, her thesis research sought to better understand the context of water access and participatory governance in peri-urban Ghana. Megan’s thesis used qualitative methods to explore the connections between ‘informal’ infrastructures of water access and spaces of social support present in Ashaiman, a settlement located in the Accra Metropolitan Area.  She continues to support and assist with EDGES research projects, namely Gender Implications of Putting a Price on Water, co-managed by Dr. Leila Harris and Dr. Dayna Nadine Scott at York University. Megan applied her graduate studies in her work as a professional writer, researcher and management consultant, primarily in the non-profit sector. 

Recently in 2018, Megan accepted her new position as B.C. Communications Lead with the Freshwater Alliance, where she develops creative engagement tools to advance freshwater health across BC. Megan is based out of Smithers in the Northwest region of British Columbia. She looks forward to applying her academic background and professional skills to the Freshwater Alliance’s Our Water BC Project. For more information on her new position, click here.


Gender Implications of Putting a Price on Water (Current): A joint project based out of the National Network on Environment and Women’s Health (NNEWH) at York University (York team led by Dayna Nadine Scott) and IRES-UBC (Leila Harris), funded by SSHRC and WEPGN.

Water Alternatives Workshop: Special Issue – Informal Space in the Urban Waterscape (Dec 2012): UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, Netherlands

Leila M. Harris, Jyoti Phartiyal, Dayna Nadine Scott and Megan Peloso. (2015). “Women Talking about Water: Feminist Subjectivities and Intersectional Understandings”. Canadian Woman Studies. 30(2): 15-24.

Peloso, M & C. Morinville. (2014). ‘Chasing for water’: Everyday practices of water access in peri-urban Ashaiman, GhanaWater Alternatives 7(1): 140-159.

Emily Anderson, Kieran M. Findlater, Olivia E. Freeman, Jordan Levine, Cynthia Morinville, Megan Peloso, Lucy Rodina, Gerard Singh, Dawit Tesfamichael, Leila Harris, Hisham Zerriffi (2012). Bridging Disciplinary and Professional Divides to Improve International Development Research at Universities. Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons. W. Leal Filho. Frankfurt, Peter Lang Publishers: 753-770.

Contact: mmpeloso [at] gmail [dot] com.

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