Executive Director, IGS
- PhD candidate, Department of Geography, Durham University
MA, Sustainable International Development, Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University
BA, Environmental Science and Political Economy, Evergreen College
- 180E Riverway, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA
Rebecca Pearl-Martinez is the Executive Director of the Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability (IGS). She has over two decades of experience working to advance the social and equity dimensions of renewable energy and climate change policy in partnership with UN agencies, international organizations, governments, and industry. Her expertise on the ways in which energy systems can be responsive to gender concerns has helped guide how organizations such as USAID, Sustainable Energy for All, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Oxfam, and others approach this topic. She co-founded the Global Gender and Climate Alliance at UNDP, the Environment & Gender Index at IUCN, and the climate change initiative of Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO). She started her career with community development initiatives and the United Nations in Latin America, and leading the Women’s Major Group process for Rio+10 (World Summit on Sustainable Development).
Pearl-Martinez was a Senior Fellow at the Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy during 2020-2021. Previously she served as Research Fellow and Head of the Renewable Equity Project at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Visiting Lecturer on climate change governance at Tufts University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Geography at Durham University in England, focusing on urban energy transition and auction design in Chile. In 2016, she received the C3E Advocacy Award (Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Initiative) from the U.S. Department of Energy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University.
She works with faculty and senior fellows affiliated with IGS to develop and secure funding for interdisciplinary research projects, and co-leads IGS research initiatives on climate and health sponsored by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and energy justice in offshore wind development sponsored by Department of Energy (DOE). Other research pursuits include national utility-scale procurement processes in the context of Latin America’s renewable energy boom, and the challenges faced by industrial legacy cities in the US and Global South in realizing their energy transition goals.
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Summary: Continued climate change threatens the health and well-being of individuals and communities across the US and around the globe. With unprecedented support from the National Institutes of Health through a cooperative agreement, the Boston University School of Public Health and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have joined forces to create the BUSPH-HSPH CAFÉ Research Coordinating Center (RCC). The RCC is a critical component of the NIH Climate Change and Health Initiative and aims to build a Community of Practice by managing and supporting climate change and health research and capacity-building efforts. The CAFÉ will Convene, Accelerate, Foster, and Expand the global climate change and health community of practice. The CAFÉ is jointly led by Drs. Greg Wellenius (BUSPH), Amruta Nori-Sarma (BUSPH), and Francesca Dominici (HSPH) and consists of four related functions. The Resource Function is co-led by Dr. Benjamin Sovacool (BU IGS), Rebecca Pearl-Martinez (BU IGS), and Leila Kamareddine (HSPH).
Energy Justice Indicators: Measuring Community Effects of Offshore Wind Energy Development
Source: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO)
Summary: This project will: 1) work with East Coast communities impacted by offshore wind energy development to collaboratively create measurable indicators for energy justice; 2) qualitatively and quantitatively assess these indicators for port communities including New Bedford, Massachusetts, and New London, Connecticut, over three years; and 3) share results with government, community engagement practitioners, industry professionals, and frontline communities.
- Global Trends Impacting Gender Equality in Energy Access, IDS Bulletin, 2020
- Global Gender and Energy Outlook (co-author; data specialist), UNEP, 2018
- Financing Women Farmers, Oxfam International, 2017
- Accelerating Investments in Women (co-author), Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, 2015
- Feeding Climate Change: What the Paris Agreement Means for Food and Beverage Companies, Oxfam International, 2016
- Toward a Gender Diverse Workforce in the Renewable Energy Transition (co-author), Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy
- Women at the Forefront of the Clean Energy Economy, USAID, 2014
- Owning Adaptation: Country-Level Governance of Climate Adaptation Finance, Oxfam, 2011
- Dear Hillary: Where Are the Women in Your Energy Strategy? (co-author), The Conversation, 2016
- The Environment and Gender Index, IUCN, 2013
- Climate Accountability: A Two-Way Street (co-author), World Resources Report, 2011
- Training Manual on Gender and Climate Change (co-author), IUCN, November 2009
- Common Ground: Women’s Access to Natural Resources and the UN Millennium Development Goals, WEDO, 2003
- The Andean Region: A Multi-Country Programme, Gender Budgets Make More Cents: Country Studies and Good Practice, Commonwealth Secretariat, 2002
- Sustainability, Health Equity, and Antiracism in the 21st Century, Rebecca Pearl-Martinez (September 30, 2022)