Jacqueline McGlade
Professor Jacqueline McGlade
University College London and Sekenani Space and Resilience Research Centre, Maasai Mara University, Kenya
Biography

Jacqueline McGlade is Professor in the Institute for Global Prosperity and Engineering at University College London, UK, Professor and Director of the Sekenani Space and Resilience Research Centre, Maasai Mara University, Kenya and the Gresham Professor of the Environment. Her current research ranges from developing traditional medicines to combat malnutrition, how to improve diets in sub-Saharan Africa in the face of climate change, Natural Prosperity, creating citizen science co-laboratories amongst the farmers and pastoralists, and designing the African Regional Data Cube. Previously she was UN Environment’s Chief Scientist, Director of Science and Chief Statistician, leading on environmental indicators, data and assessments for the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. And before that, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, Director of the UK Centre for Coastal and Marine Sciences, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick, Director of Theoretical Ecology at the FZ Jülich and Senior Scientist at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in the Federal Government of Canada. She holds a number of key advisory roles including for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, China Council and the European Space Agency. She is recognized as a leading expert in ecosystem dynamics, sustainable development, environmental informatics, early warning systems and citizen science using sensor web enabled monitoring systems and applications for web intelligence and decision-making under high uncertainty. She has published more than 200 research publications and produced award winning films and radio series. In 2017 she gave a TEDx talk on Building Resilience to Climate Change and recently featured as the guest in BBC series The Life Scientific. Her Gresham public lectures can be watched online.

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