L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Meghan Gough

Meghan Gough

Associate professor

Raleigh Building Rm. 3015-D Phone: (804) 827-0869 Email: mzgough@vcu.edu


-Civic engagement
-Sustainable community development
-Equitable planning processes


B.S., Biology, James Madison University
M.U.R.P, Urban and Regional Planning, Virginia Tech
Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, Ohio State University


Community involvement, planning processes, sustainable development

Research interests

Meghan Gough is an Associate Professor of urban and regional studies and planning. Her community-engaged scholarship emphasizes civic capacity building and planning for more sustainable and equitable communities. Meghan’s contributions to research help to elevate the importance of community-based decision-making and partnerships in the development of plans and policies to support sustainable community development.

Selected publications

Gough, M.Z., Howell, K. and Cameron, H., 2022. The Structural Challenge of Power and Whiteness in Planning: Evidence From Historic Black Cemetery Restoration. Planning Theory & Practice, pp.1-20.

Wilson, B. B., & Gough, M. Z. 2020. The university as anchor institution in community wealth building: snapshots from two Virginia universities. In Community Wealth Building and the Reconstruction of American Democracy. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Rakow, D. A., Gough, M. Z., & Lee, S. A. 2020. Public Gardens and Livable Cities: Partnerships Connecting People, Plants, and Place. Cornell University Press.

Davis, S.D. and Gough, M.Z., 2019. Deepening Interlocal Partnerships: The Case of Revenue-sharing Infrastructure Agreements. State and Local Government Review, 51(4), pp.292-300.

Reece, J. and M.Z. Gough. 2019. Planning for regional sustainability and justice: The role of collective impact. Journal of Community Development. 50 (3): 368-386. Doi: 10.1080/15575330.2019.1610014

Salzberg, A.C., Gough, M.Z. and Suen, I.S., 2019. Sustainable innovation behavior in restaurants. Journal of Foodservice Business Research, 22(2), pp.167-190.

Suen, I., T. Gendron and M.Z. Gough. 2018. Social Isolation and the Built Environment: A Call for Research and Advocacy. Public Policy and Aging Report 27(4).

Mosavel, M., Gough, M.Z., Ferrel, D. 2018. Using Asset Mapping to Engage Youth in Community-based Participatory Research: The WE Project. Progress in Community Health Partnerships 12(2):223-236. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2018.0042.

Holton, V, Early, J., Gough, M.Z., Gendron, T. 2018. Building a ​university ​climate to ​​support ​​community-​​engaged ​​research. In J. Allen & R. Reiter-Palmon (Eds.), The ​Cambridge ​Handbook of ​Organizational ​Community ​Engagement and ​Outreach​. ​ New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. 

Gough, M.Z and J. Reece. 2017. The Impact of the Sustainable Communities Initiative on Engagement and Collaboration in Planning: Experiences from Four U.S. Regions. Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research 19(3).

Gough, M.Z. 2015. The Complementarity of Livability and Sustainability: Comprehensive planning in the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Journal of Planning Education and Research: 35(2).

Gough, M.Z., and J. Accordino. 2013. Public Garden as Sustainable Community Development Partners: Motivations, perceived benefits and challenges. Urban Affairs Review: 49(6).