Climate, Energy, and Social Science Specialist
2016 Advocacy Award Winner
Rebecca Pearl-Martinez is a specialist in climate change, renewable energy, and social science. Since the late 1990s, she has provided technical support to a variety of United Nations (UN) agencies and international organizations. Her work includes conducting research on socio-economic trends for Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All); leading a global consultation process and white paper on clean energy for USAID; collecting data for the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP’s) Global Gender and Environment Outlook; developing a curriculum for energy sector professionals with Power Africa; creating a country performance index, nominated for a Katerva Award on sustainability innovations; convening UN agencies and non-government organizations to create the Global Gender and Climate Alliance; and leading the global Women’s Major Group process for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio+10). Pearl-Martinez served as Research Fellow and Head of the Renewable Equity Project at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Visiting Lecturer on climate change governance at Tufts University. She holds an MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, and she is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Durham University.