Rebecca Peters

Academy Associate, Environment and Society Programme

Rebecca Peters


Rebecca advances research on climate policy, finance, and governance with a focus on China, the US, and South Asia. She is concurrently completing her DPhil in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford.

With the UK-FCDO funded REACH Water Security programme, she works closely with government, industry, and academics in Bangladesh on river water pollution.

A 2014 Marshall Scholar from California with MScs in Poverty and Development Economics (University of Manchester) and Water Science and Policy (King’s College London), Rebecca has worked extensively on environment, climate, and economic projects for the past ten years with a variety of organisations including the Nature Conservancy and the World Bank.

As a 2016 Luce Scholar, she studied transboundary river policy with the Asian International Rivers Center in Yunnan, China.

Rebecca holds a BA in international development economics and BSc in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was the Truman Scholar, Udall Scholar, and Fellow of the Berkeley Law Human Rights Center.


Past experience

2017-21 University of Oxford, DPhil, School of Geography and the Environment
2015-16 King’s College London, MSc, Water Science and Governance
2014-15  University of Manchester, MSc, Poverty and Development Economics
2011-14     University of California, Berkeley, BSc Society & Environment; BA International Development Economics; minor in Global Poverty
2017 - present REACH Water Security for the Poor, Research associate
2017-18     The Nature Conservancy, Special Projects Advisor, China and Inter-American Development Bank
2016-17    Asian International Rivers Centre, Kunming, China, Luce Scholar Research Fellow
2014  World Bank Group, Inspection Panel Research Associate
2012-13     Blum Center for Developing Economies, UC Berkeley, Fellow
2012-14 President, Berkeley Water Group