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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. Risk-informed development: from crisis to resilience

    Research reports

  2. Low carbon development: a paradigm shift towards a green economy in Indonesia

    Research reports

  3. Exploring transboundary climate risks and opportunities in the Asia Pacific region


  4. Exploring transboundary climate risks and opportunities


  5. MEDIA NOTE: ODI experts available for interview at COP24 in Katowice, Poland

    Press Release

  6. Unlocking climate-resilient economic development in drylands: pathways to a resilient world

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. Reviewing DFID's new single departmental plan

  8. Meeting the global challenge of adaptation by addressing transboundary climate risk

    Briefing/policy papers

  9. Moving towards a growing global discourse on transboundary adaptation

    Briefing/policy papers

  10. National People's Congress 2018: fulfilling Xi Jinping's Chinese Dream

  11. ‘Building back better’: a resilient Caribbean


  12. Infographics: climate change, migration and displacement

  13. Climate change, migration and displacement: the need for a risk-informed and coherent approach

    Research reports

  14. Resilience Scan: April-June 2017


  15. 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China: domestic politics with global implications

  16. The global impact of China's approach to climate change

  17. Trump’s Paris announcement: a profound and deliberate abdication of American leadership

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