Monica Mulrennan

Associate Professor,
Concordia University

Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
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B.A (hons): University College Dublin
Ph.D.(1990): University College Dublin
Post-doctoral research: University of Wollongong (NSW)


Dr Mulrennan’s research interests focus on indigenous peoples and their use and management of coastal and marine environments. More specifically she is interested in local ecological knowledge, community-based management, protected area development, human adaptations to environmental change, and small boat fisheries development. She has worked closely with Torres Strait Islanders (northern Queensland) since the early 1990s, initially as Coordinator of their Marine Strategy for Torres Strait (MaSTS) and more recently, in collaboration with Colin Scott (Anthropology, McGill University) in the documentation of local knowledge, marine resource use and Islander sea claims. She is a member of the McGill Wemindji Protected Area Project which is a research partnership with the James Bay Cree community of Wemindji (northern Quebec) focused on the establishment of culturally-appropriate protected areas on significant portions of their traditional territory.

QCBS students

Previous students (since 2009)

Veronique Bussières

(Start: 2008, End: 2018)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Thora Martina Herrmann
A Critical Perspective on Bio-cultural Approaches to Conservation in Coastal Indigenous Settings

Eulalio Guieb

(Start: 2002, End: 2009)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Colin H. Scott
Local knowledge, tenure and conservation: Marine protected areas in two Bohol villages, the Philippines

Annie Lalancette

(Start: 2006, End: 2016)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Colin H. Scott
Reconciling Local and Scientific Fisheries Knowledge in the Context of the Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery, Torres Strait, Northern Australia

Marivic Pajaro

(Start: 2001, End: 2009)
Socio-economic and Biological Indicators of Marine Protected Area Success in the Central Philippines

Stéphanie Marie Sabbagh

Other (co-)supervisor: Brown, Grant
(Start: 2014, End: 2019)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Grant E. Brown
The human dimension of shark fisheries on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

Salman Banisadr

(Start: 2013, End: 2015)
Community-based Conservation in Mexico

Kanwaljeet Dewan

(Start: 2011, End: 2016)
Towards an improved understanding of community-level fisheries monitoring: A case study of the Wemindji Community Fisheries Program

Magdalena Garcia Perez

(Start: 2009, End: 2011)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Colin H. Scott
A Comparative Exploration of Indigenous Protected Area (PA) Governance Arrangements in Chile and Canada

Jessica Hewitt

(Start: 2017, End: 2018)
Remapping land with Kwantlen First Nation (BC): strategies for enhancing their control and participation in Regional Park planning and management

Tariq Hossein

(Start: 2014, End: 2016)
Polar Bear Tourism in Eeyou Istchee: an assessment of different perspectives and considerations

Cassandra Lamontagne

Other (co-)supervisor: Damon Matthews, Concordia University
(Start: 2013, End: 2016)
Assessing the effects of climate change at the local scale using a combination of Indigenous Knowledge and climate data

Geneviève Layton-Cartier

(Start: 2009, End: 2014)
Facilitating Mechanisms in Support of Emerging Collaborative Governance of MPAs in Québec
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Erich Seydewitz

(Start: 2010, End: 2016)
Multi-purpose greenways and nationwide trails networks: An examination of the Trans Canada Trail and the Sendero de Chile

Andra Syvänen

(Start: 2009, End: 2011)
Wemindji Cree Observation and Interpretations of Climate Change: Documenting Adaptability in the Sub-Arctic


27- Implications of the Anthropocene Epoch for Geomorphology
Slaymaker O , Mulrennan M E , Catto N ,
2020 World Geomorphological Landscapes (Date Added: 2020-03-05)

26- Do Landscapes Listen? Wemindji Eeyou Knowledge, Adaptation and Agency in the Context of Coastal Landscape Change
Mulrennan M E ,
2020 World Geomorphological Landscapes (Date Added: 2020-03-05)

25- Exclusionary decision-making processes in marine governance: The rezoning plan for the protected areas of the ‘iconic’ Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Burbano D V , Meredith T C , Mulrennan M E ,
2019 Ocean and Coastal Management (Date Added: 2019-12-25)

24- Social-ecological resilience in indigenous coastal edge contexts
Mulrennan M E , Bussières V ,
2018 Ecology and Society (Date Added: 2018-11-27)

23- The role of digital data entry in participatory environmental monitoring
Brammer, JR, Brunet, ND, Burton, AC, Cuerrier, A, Danielsen, F, Dewan, K, Herrmann, TM, Jackson, M, Kennett, R, Larocque, G, Mulrennan, M, Pratihast, AK, Saint-Arnaud, M, Scott, C, Humphries, MM
2016 Conservation Biology (Date Added: 2016-07-05)

22- On the edge: a consideration of the adaptive capacity of Indigenous Peoples in coastal zones from the Arctic to the Tropics
Mulrennan, ME
2014 Geological Society, London, Special Publications (Date Added: 2016-07-14)

21-Indigenous Knowledge in Marine and Coastal Management and Policy
Mulrennan M E,
2013 Ocean Yearbook ( Date Added: 2016-07-14)

20-Recognition and Support of Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCA) in Canada
Herrmann, T, Ferguson, M, Raygorodetsky, D, Mulrennan, M
2012 Recognising and Supporting Territories and Areas Conserved By Indigenous Peoples And Local Communities: Global Overview and National Case Studies. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. ( Date Added: 2013-01-25)

19- Community-based participatory research involving Indigenous peoples in Canadian geography: Progress? An editorial introduction
Castleden, H, Mulrennan, M, Godlewska, A
2012 The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien (Date Added: 2012-09-14)

18- Revamping community-based conservation through participatory research
Mulrennan, ME, Mark, R, Scott, CH
2012 The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien (Date Added: 2012-06-13)

17- Toward an integrated marine protected areas policy: connecting the global to the local
Pajaro, M, Mulrennan, M, Vincent, A
2010 Environment, Development and Sustainability (Date Added: 2012-06-18)

16- Reconfiguring Mare Nullius: Torres Strait Islanders, Indigenous Sea Rights, and the Divergence of Domestic and International Norms
Scott, C, Mulrennan, M
2010 Indigenous peoples and autonomy : insights for a global age (Date Added: 2011-08-03)

15- Securing a future: Cree hunters' resistance and flexibility to environmental changes, Wemindji, James Bay
Sayles, JS, Mulrennan, ME
2010 Ecology and Society (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

14- Developing MPA Effectiveness Indicators: Comparison Within and Across Stakeholder Groups and Communities
Pajaro, MG, Mulrennan, ME, Alder, J, Vincent, ACJ
2010 Coastal Management (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

13-Reaffirming "Community" in the Context of Community-based Conservation, Renegotiating Community: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Mulrennan, M
2009 Renegotiating Community Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Global Contexts ( Date Added: 2011-08-03)

12- Local protest and resistance to the rupert diversion project, northern quebec
Atkinson, M, Mulrennan, ME
2009 Arctic (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

10-Aboriginal Rights and Interests in Canadian Northern Seas
Mulrennan, M, Scott, C
2001 Aboriginal Autonomy and Development in Northern Quebec and Labrador ( Date Added: 2011-11-14)

9-Indigenous Rights and Control of the Sea in Torres Strait
Mulrennan, M, Scott, C
2001 Indigenous Law Bulletin 5(5) ( Date Added: 2011-11-14)

8-Mare Nullius: Indigenous Rights in Saltwater Environments
Mulrennan, M, Scott, C
2000 Development and Change 31(3) ( Date Added: 2011-11-16)

7- Mare nullius: Indigenous rights in saltwater environments
Mulrennan, ME, Scott, CH
2000 Development and Change (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

6-Land and Sea Tenure at Erub, Torres Strait: Property, Sovereignty and the Adjudication of Cultural Continuity
Scott, C, Mulrennan, M
1999 Oceania ( Date Added: 2011-11-16)

5-Canada Geese: Joint Management on the Mid-Atlantic Flyway
Scott, C, Mulrennan, M
1998 A Casebook of Environmental Issues in Canada ( Date Added: 2011-11-16)

4-Great Whale: Lessons from a Power Struggle
Mulrennan, M, Scott, C
1998 A Casebook of Environmental Issues in Canada ( Date Added: 2011-11-16)

3- Saltwater intrusion into the coastal plains of the Lower Mary River, Northern Territory, Australia
Mulrennan, ME, Woodroffe, CD
1998 Journal of Environmental Management (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

2- Holocene development of the lower Mary River plains, Northern Territory, Australia
Mulrennan, ME, Woodroffe, CD
1998 Holocene (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

1- Estuarine infill and coastal progradation, southern van diemen gulf, northern Australia
Woodroffe, CD, Mulrennan, ME, Chappell, J
1993 Sedimentary Geology (Date Added: 2011-04-14)