Mylène Riva is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at McGill University where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Housing, Community and Health. She studies the intersection between housing, energy, and health, with a focus on energy poverty as an equity issue for the energy transition. She leads projects assessing residential energy retrofits for their impacts on health and well-being. Her research also explores the nexus between climate change, housing and health to support local adaptation planning.
Prof. Riva is committed to conducting inclusive and transdisciplinary research – bridging across academic disciplines, ways of knowing and doing, and collaborating with communities, organizations, and governments to provide rigorous scientific evidence to inform practice and policy. She has close to 15 years of experience collaborating with Indigenous governments and organizations to implement housing assessment and population health surveys.
Prof. Riva holds a BSc in Geography and PhD in Public Health and Health Promotion (2008) from Université de Montréal. After a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in Health Geography at Durham University in the UK, she joined Université Laval in 2011, first as a Banting postdoctoral fellow and then in 2012 as an assistant professor supported by a junior investigator award from Fonds de Recherche du Quebec – Santé. She joined McGill University in 2016.