Melea researches sustainability and market systems. Melea's work crosses disciplinary and institutional boundaries; focused on increasing vitality and resilience within and across communities and ecosystems. Melea's research interests include issues of transparency, accountability, reporting, and legitimacy. Research which critically examines theories and practices that do/don't promote Strong Sustainability -- including questioning technologies of sustainability, standard (and "new") business models, and the way that value is currently created, captured and distributed in communities.

Melea believes institutions across academia, the public, private and third sectors all have things to learn from and share with each other. To facilitate such communication, Melea aims to build mechanisms for sharing knowledge, to innovate new ideas and technologies for social equity, and to help build communities with greater health, happiness and creativity.