Monica Mulrennan is deeply committed to community-based participatory research. She has sustained research partnerships with the James Bay Cree community of Wemindji (northern Quebec) and the Torres Strait Islander community of Erub (northern Queensland) for over twenty years. Her work supports community-driven strategies of environmental protection that draw upon indigenous institutions of knowledge and practice, and enhance local authority over decisions affecting the lives, lands, seas and resources of indigenous communities.
Monica is associate professor and department chair at Concordia University’s Department of Geography, Planning and Environment. She teaches courses in Community-based Conservation and Indigenous Stewardship and directs a dynamic team of MSc and Doctoral students who share her interests and commitment to community-based research. She is also a founding member of the McGill-based Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA) and a member of the Scientific Council and Axis leader of Human Dimensions of Biodiversity for the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS).