Professor Irena Creed is an internationally acclaimed ecosystem scientist with wide-ranging research interests, including planetary health, climate change, watershed sciences, communities at risk and the science-policy interface. She has studied environmental issues across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. She is a former Canada Research Chair, and her scholarship has been recognised with various awards, honours and professorships, including a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and an honorary doctorate of agricultural sciences from Uppsala University in Sweden.
Irena has a reputation as a scholar who creatively integrates disciplines to advance scientific understanding of global environmental changes: to explore their effect on human health and wellbeing and to develop relevant public policy to effect positive social change that leads to social justice and equity.
Irena has a Ph.D. in geography, an M.Sc. in botany and environmental studies and a B.Sc. in zoology.