Rebekah Sadovnikov

Masters Student

Rebekah is a US native currently pursuing her MSc in Climate Change and International Development at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. Rebekah’s research interests are spread through a plethora of themes relating to adaptation and climate justice in Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs). Rebekah’s master’s dissertation delves further into climate finance and justice, examining the potential costs and benefits of relocating Fijian communities vulnerable to Sea-Level Rise (SLR) in compliance with Fiji’s Relocation Guidelines. Her goal is to utilise research to create and evaluate evidence-based adaptation policies for communities at risk of SLR.

Before enrolling in her master’s, Rebekah was the Think Tank Manager at the London-based charity, Professors Without Borders. Her work revolved around creating and disseminating knowledge about how to improve academia globally. In this capacity, she focused on improving women’s retention in higher education (notably in STEM) and expanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives in the university setting. Rebekah graduated with a first-class Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Regent’s University London in 2021. Her undergraduate dissertation, ‘Assessing the Impact of Government Resources on Planned Relocations in the Pacific,’ examined how government funding affected the relocation process and identified the shortcomings of government intervention in two case studies of planned coastal relocation.

When not researching, Rebekah enjoys running with her dog, baking, and drinking copious amounts of Ethiopian coffee.