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Rebecca Nadin

Director of Programme – Global Risks and Resilience

Leadership Team, Global Risks and Resilience

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Rebecca Nadin is the Director of ODI’s Global Risks and Resilience programme. She leads a multi-disciplinary team of analysts to pioneer policy-driven research on emerging risk vectors and resulting opportunities to reduce vulnerability, build resilience and drive transformative and sustainable change.

Rebecca has more than 15 years’ government and consultancy experience in China and Asia, specialising in designing and managing multi-stakeholder initiatives in sustainable development and climate change; leading climate risk and vulnerability analysis and policy formulation at national and sectoral level; and analysis of China’s emerging geopolitical strategy and socioeconomic priorities.

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 Sustainability 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. Rebecca is the founder of PLAN8 Risk Consulting, a start-up that specialises in helping clients to manage climate and political risk, and a platform for women in the field of science and social science to showcase their leadership potential. 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, BA in Politics from the University of Sheffield. She studied Chinese at Peking University and is working towards an LLM in International Law.

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    Research reports

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

    Research reports

  3. Why building national resilience means reimagining risk

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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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

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

    Research reports

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

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

    Research reports

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


  11. Reimagining risk and resilience for a global future


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


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

    Research reports

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

  15. Comment Available: the continued impact of Covid-19

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  16. What the world’s response to coronavirus can teach us about tackling the climate emergency

  17. Six global trends to watch in 2020

  18. Managing climate risks: adaptation without borders


  19. The Wilton Park agenda on adapting to transboundary climate risk

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