Rebecca Byrnes

Policy Analyst

Rebecca is a Policy Analyst with a focus on the key ingredients and indicators for an effective transition to a resilient, low carbon economy. Rebecca provides policy support to researchers exploring: how to manage a just transition, climate litigation as a tool for promoting action to address loss and damage, and whole-of-economy capacity building to build climate resilience in developing communities.


Prior joining the policy analysis team, Rebecca worked in the renewable energy branch within the New South Wales Government in Sydney, Australia, managing a range of projects aiming to remove barriers to the growth of the large scale renewable energy sector in Australia. A particular focus included facilitating the development of new transmission infrastructure to allow the connection of new renewable energy assets on the scale needed to replace retiring coal generators.

Prior to this Rebecca worked as a Legal and Communications Advisor to the Least Developed Countries (LDC) negotiation group in the climate negotiations. This included providing advice on the negotiation of the Paris Agreement ‘rulebook’, and supporting initiatives such as the LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative.

Rebecca has a Bachelor of Economics and Laws from the University of Tasmania, a Bachelor of Civil Law (Masters of Law) from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford. Her MSc dissertation explored how to scale up access to decentralised renewable energy in Least Developed Countries.

Research interests

  • Effective capacity building to enable developing communities to effectively take up adaptation and resilience measures and clean technology
  • Facilitating a ‘just transition’, to promote a fair, equitable and shift to a low carbon economy
  • Climate litigation as a tool to promote mitigation and action to address loss and damage
Commentary  5 December, 2018

Shining the spotlight on human rights at COP24 and beyond

As the implementation guidelines to the Paris Agreement are negotiated at COP24, this commentary asks whether and to what extent they will include human rights language, and reviews examples from around the world of how human rights issues are gaining more prominence in relation to climate action. read more »

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