Monica Mulrennan is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment and Associate Vice-President, Research (Development & Outreach) in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (OVPRGS), at Concordia University. She holds a BA(Hons) and PhD in Geography from University College Dublin, Ireland. She leads the PICEF (Partners in Indigenous Conservation and Environmental Futures) research group at Concordia and is a member of the Indigenous Futures Research Centre (IFRC). She is a founding member of CICADA (the Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives) at McGill University and an honorary member of the ICCA Consortium (Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Areas and Territories).
Her research addresses Indigenous rights and interests in Indigenous coastal and marine territories, including Indigenous knowledge, use and stewardship of Indigenous land-sea territories, Indigenous-led strategies of conservation and environmental protection, and local adaptations to environmental change. She has sustained research partnerships with Torres Strait Islanders, northern Queensland, and James Bay Crees (Eeyou Istchee), northern Quebec for more than thirty years. In addition to numerous research papers and book chapters, she is co- editor of a recently published edited volume “Caring for Eeyou Istchee: Protected Area Creation in Eeyou Istchee” (UBC Press, 2019).