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Rebecca Nadin

Director of Global Risks and Resilience programme

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Dr Rebecca Nadin is the Director of the Global Risks & Resilience team at ODI. She has 16+ years’ government and advisory experience in China and Asia, specialising in climate risk and national adaptation planning. She has designed and managed multi-stakeholder climate change and sustainable development initiatives, and led climate risk and vulnerability assessments and policy formulation at the national and sectoral level. Rebecca is also a respected China specialist with a deep knowledge of the Chinese political system, economic and foreign policy, including the Belt & Road Initiative.

Before joining ODI, Rebecca was Director of the Adapting to Climate Change in China Project (ACCC Phase I and II), the largest climate risk policy project of its kind in China. Previously, Rebecca worked in the British Embassy Beijing’s political section, covering VIP visits, Japan-China relations, Central Asia and energy security. She served as the Deputy Director of the British Council’s Global Climate Change Programme, leading roll out in 60 countries. She was also the British Council’s China Director, Climate Change & Science, leading the UK’s Climate Change Public Diplomacy Campaign in China. She is an adjunct lecturer at the Centre for Environment & Population Health, Griffith University Australia.

Rebecca holds a PhD in Chinese foreign policy in Central Asia, MA in International Relations, and BA in Politics from the University of Sheffield. She studied Chinese at Peking University and is working towards an LLM in International Law.

  1. Anticipating crises and taking early action in fragile and conflict affected states


  2. Inauspicious conditions for COP27 climate negotiations contrast with a supportive environment for climate policy

  3. Risks along the Belt and Road: Chinese investment and infrastructure development priorities in Kyrgyzstan

    Research reports

  4. Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit 2022: key takeaways

  5. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is creating cascading risks across Eurasia – here’s what to watch out for

  6. Risks along the Belt and Road: Chinese investment and infrastructure development in Cambodia

    Research reports

  7. BRI energy infrastructure in Pakistan: environmental and climate risks and opportunities

    Research reports

  8. The Belt and Road and Chinese enterprises in Ethiopia: risks and opportunities for development

    Research reports

  9. Why building national resilience means reimagining risk

  10. Driving a green recovery in developing countries: what role is China playing?

    Research reports

  11. Pulse 3 – recover, reform,  restructure: China’s outward investment appetite and implications for developing countries

    Research reports

  12. Five expert views on China’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2060

  13. Economic Pulse 2: China navigates its Covid-19 recovery – outward investment appetite and implications for developing countries

    Research reports

  14. Beyond American exceptionalism: a global agenda for the Biden-Harris administration

  15. Economic Pulse 1: Covid-19 and economic crisis – China’s recovery and international response

    Research reports

  16. Adaptation and resilience: what's been done and what's next?


  17. Reimagining risk and resilience for a global future


  18. Humanitarian impact of combined conflict, climate and environmental risks


  19. In pursuit of resilience: assessing threats and trade-offs for risk-informed development in Myanmar and Niger

    Research reports

  20. If we were not ready for a predictable pandemic, what else aren’t we ready for…

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