Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Mona Khaleghy Rad

Mona Khaleghy Rad

Mona Khaleghy Rad

Visiting Scholar at the Department of Climate Change and Health in the Institute for Environment Research (IER) at Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS).

Mona Khaleghy Rad is an environmental scientist with an additional interest in data science. She earned her PhD from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo in 2014 and is currently a visiting scholar at the Department of Climate Change and Health in the Institute for Environment Research (IER) at Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS). Her research interests span across various disciplines, including vulnerability and risk assessment, natural disasters, geo-environmental sciences, public health, and climate change.

Although her background is in quantitative analysis of natural disasters, the negative impacts of climate change have prompted her to participate in activities that raise awareness about climate change among academics and the general public. She works to achieve this through collaborative workshops, translating relevant documents, and preparing informative reports for authorities at the new department of climate change and health at IER, TUMS, in her home town of Tehran, returning after 11 years away. She is also involved in research related to the impact of climate change in Iran due to water stress, drought, and sand & dust storms. However, the main focus of her current work is the impact of climate change on health. She can contribute to HIĀ² by raising relevant questions, bringing ideas from a data-specific point of view, and putting together interdisciplinary approaches for solving global problems.