The EEA is a vital source of information for the European Commission, the European Parliament, EU Member States and other EEA member countries in developing and implementing environment and climate policies, and in providing the knowledge base to help Europe make informed decisions about improving the environment and integrating environmental considerations into economic policies so as to develop along a sustainable low-carbon and resource efficient path.
Professor Jacqueline McGlade became Executive Director in June 2003 and is currently on leave from her post as Professor in Environmental Informatics in the Department of Mathematics at University College London.
Prior to this, she was Director of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Sciences of the UK Natural Environment Research Council, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick, Director of Theoretical Ecology at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and Senior Scientist at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in the Federal Government of Canada.
Her research is focused on the governance of resources and environmental informatics with particular reference to ecosystems, marine resources and climate change. She has over 200 peer-reviewed papers, articles, books and legal submissions and has produced and presented a number of TV and radio series and programmes plus three feature films. She has been awarded international prizes and honours from Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Romania, Sweden, UK and the USA.
Professor McGlade has held a number of key advisory roles and chairs at national level, including Trustee of the Natural History Museum and Board Member of the Environment Agency, at European level, including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and at international levels including for the United Nations and the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research.