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. 

Megan is currently based in Smithers, BC and works as a Land and Resource Coordinator with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. In her role with the Skeena Regional Initiatives team, Megan applies her background in watershed sustainability and governance to modernized land use planning.

Previously in 2018, Megan worked as B.C. Communications Lead with the Freshwater Alliance, where she developed creative engagement tools to advance freshwater health across BC. She applied her academic background and professional skills to the Freshwater Alliance’s Our Water BC Project.


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


Peloso, M., Morinville, C. and L.M. Harris. (2018). Water Scarcity Beyond Crisis: Spotlight on AccraInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Peloso, M.M., Harris, L.M. (2017). Pathways for Participatory Water Governance in Ashaiman, Ghana: Leaning from Institutional Bricolage and Hydrosocial Perspectives. Program on Water Governance.

Harris, L., Phartiyal, J., Scott, D. and M. Peloso (2015). Women Talking about Water: Feminist Subjectivities and Intersectional UnderstandingsCanadian Women’s Studies Journal, Les Cahiers de la Femme, Special Issue on Women and Water, 30(2/3): 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.

Anderson, E., Findlater, K.M., Freeman, O.E., Levine, J., Morinville, C., Peloso M., Rodina L., Singh, G., Tesfamichael, D., Harris L., and H. Zerriffi. (2012). Bridging Disciplinary and Professional Divides to Improve International Development Research at Universities. In: W. Leal Filho, Ed. (2012). Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons. Frankfurt, Peter Lang Publishers: 753-770.


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