Rebecca Willis is Professor of Energy and Climate Governance at Lancaster University. Following a master's degree in political science at LSE, she completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Politics at the University of East Anglia. She researches environment, climate and energy policy and politics. In particular, she looks at the relationship between the citizen and state in climate governance and investigates how politicians understand and respond to climate change.
She has served on advisory boards and expert panels for various governmental and non-governmental organizations.  In 2019-20, Rebecca was an Expert Lead to Climate Assembly UK, the first national Citizens' Assembly on Climate Change, established by parliamentary select committees in the House of Commons. She also acted as vice-chair of the Sustainable Development Commission.

Currently she runs the Climate Citizens project, which examines the role of public engagement in energy and climate governance and is on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the UK Research and Innovation's Energy Programme (UKRI), holding a UKRI's Future Leadership Fellowship. She is a Trustee of the New Economics Foundation, an adviser to the National Lottery's Climate Action Fund and is Associated with the charity Green Alliance, acting as Director 2001-4.
Rebecca has authored scientific publications, reports and books, including her latest, with the title of this talk. She was included in the BBC Radio Woman's Hour Power list in 2020.