Meena Singh received her Ph.D. in geography from the University of Cambridge in 1995. She is a life member of Clare Hall and works as a consultant for several NGOs, UN agencies, government departments and the EU. She currently supervises geography at the University of Cambridge and teaches Leadership and Sustainable Development at Anglia Ruskin University. She is on the Advisory Board of the African Journal on Conflict Resolution (1999- present).
Combining physical sciences with history and anthropology, Meena's Ph.D. research demonstrated how sustainable conservation practices needed to incorporate local knowledge with technical and scientific insight. Work at the Land and Agriculture Policy Centre (Johannesburg) and Stockholm Environmental Institute addressed land reform and natural resource management in South Africa. In the Common Security Forum, Meena worked on Environmental Security, and organised a workshop on "Redefining Security in Southern Africa" in 1995. She participated in the launch of an Early Warning wing of the Conflict Prevention Unit of the African Union (then OAU). In a Reference Team for Environment, she participated in developing the Green Paper for Environmental Policy for South Africa. During her post-doctoral fellowship at Clare Hall, Meena organised a seminar series entitled "Documenting Environmental Change" bringing together scholars from diverse disciplines. Work at the Global Invasive Species Programme addressed livelihoods, poverty and invasive species, and Meena compiled a Need's Survey for the UN Regional Seas Programme. Current research areas include sustainability, local knowledge and climate change adaptation using data gathered from Lesotho and South Africa.
M.Singh, (2000), "Basutoland: A historical journey into the environment", Environment and History, 6(1), 31-70, 2000.
M. Singh, (1996), "Environmental Security and Displaced People in Southern Africa", Social Justice, 23 (4), 125-33.
M. Singh, (1990), "Colluvial Deposits and Soil Erosion in Lesotho" Tropical Geomorphology Newsletter, 9, 8-9.
Books and Book chapters
M. Singh, (2012) under review Predicting Soil Erosion Hazard Potential Using GIS, proceedings of the 2012 Second International Conference on Electric Information and Control Engineering , IEEE Catalog Number: CFP1262K-PRT, ISBN: 978-1-61284-1405-4
M. Singh, (2000) Environmental (In)Security: Loss of Indigenous Knowledge and Environmental Degradation in Africa, in Environmental Security in Southern Africa, Tevera, D. and S. Moyo (eds.), Sapes Books, Zimbabwe, pp.25-34.
M. Singh, (1998), "Environmental security and displaced people in Southern Africa" in Environmental Victims, C. Williams, ed., Earthscan Publ.
M. Singh, (1996), "Environmental Conflicts and Early Warnings". In OAU early warning system on conflict situations in Africa, eds. S. B. Ibok and W. G. Nhara, OAU Conflict Management Division.
M. Singh, (1995), Natural resource management: summary reports, Volume 20, Working paper, Land and Agriculture Policy Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Warde, P. and M. Singh, (1999) "Documenting Environmental Change", Centre for History and Economics King's College, University of Cambridge, working paper series.
M. Singh, (1996), "History and Environmental Reconstruction in Lesotho" in Centre for History and Economics King's College, University of Cambridge, working paper series.
M. Singh, (1995), "Environmental Security in Southern Africa", Redefining Security in Southern Africa, Published report, Centre for History and Economics King's College, University of Cambridge working paper series.