Rebecca WillisPhD student
I work on environmental policy and politics, looking particularly at the politics of climate change. My PhD looks at UK politicians' treatment of climate change, and is part of an ESRC CASE Studentship, a joint project between Lancaster University and Green Alliance.
I’m working with Lancaster University and Green Alliance, on a project funded by the ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council), to research how politicians understand and act on climate change.Green Alliance’s Climate Leadership Programme, which I established in 2009, works with politicians to develop their understanding of climate change, and what it means for their their role at the national level and in their constituencies. This new project, with Lancaster University, will allow us to develop a deeper understanding of climate politics, and support politicians and policymakers in their efforts to tackle the issue.
- Convenor of Green Alliance’s Climate Leadership Programme for MPs
- Expertise in community energy issues, working with Co-operatives UK and others to improve the policy environment for decentralised energy solutions
- Council Member of the Natural Environment Research Council since 2011
- Vice-Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission from 2004-11, working with government ministers, advisers and officials to ensure that government policy reflects sustainability goals
- Director of Green Alliance from 2001-4
- Head of Policy at Green Alliance from 1999-2001
- Policy adviser at the European Parliament from 1997-1999
How Members of Parliament Understand and Respond to Climate Change
Willis, R. 16/08/2017 In: The Sociological Review.
Taming the climate?: corpus analysis of politicians' speech on climate change
Willis, R. 03/2017 In: Environmental Politics. 26, 2, p. 212-231. 20 p.