Rebecca Willis



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Rebecca Willis is an independent researcher with twenty years’ experience in environment and sustainability policy and practice, at international, national and local level. She fosters collaboration between the research community, politics and government, business and third sector, in order to further sustainability goals. In 2009 Rebecca founded Green Alliance’s Climate Leadership Programme, an initiative to support for Members of the UK Parliament. With Lancaster University, she is conducting research into politicians’ conceptualisation of climate change. She advises the Lake District National Park, where she helped to establish the UK’s first local carbon budget; and has a particular interest in local and distributed energy solutions.

Rebecca is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of RCUK’s Energy Programme and advises the iGov initiative at the University of Exeter. From 2011-15 she was a Council Member of the Natural Environment Research Council, and from 2004-11 was Vice-Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, advising the Prime Minister and First Ministers of the devolved administrations. Previously, Rebecca was Director of Green Alliance from 2001-4, and a policy adviser at the European Parliament.

A list of Rebecca’s publications is available on her website.

Work w/ CUSP

Rebecca works across the CUSP programme, with a particular focus on examining how politicians and other decision-makers can be engaged in the transition to sustainable prosperity.