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Miss Rebecca Dobson

Post:Doctoral Tutor (Politics)
Other posts:Research student (Politics)
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Rebecca is working on doctoral research into power and influence in UK policymaking, with a focus on climate change policy processes. Her work aims to contribute not only to an understanding of climate change policymaking and implementation in the UK, but also to use this case study to examine how political institutions might become distorted and the ways in which they are either resilient or fragile in the face of societal interests that seek to influence public policy. 

Rebecca's research interests include climate change, democracy, political institutions, policymaking, public interest, political corruption and accountability. In particular she is interested in the ways in which corruption is understood and can manifest in the context of Western democracies, as well as its potential impact on the policy- and law-making of the state.

Prior to joining the Centre for the Study of Corruption and the Politics Department at Sussex University she was a writer and editor for both national and international non-governmental organisations, producing a range of policy and research publications. She has collaborated with organisations across all five continents and worked on projects in Europe, Asia and Africa.

She has considerable experience of working on anti-corruption, including with the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin and the UNCAC Coalition (a global network of NGOs advocating for the effective implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption).



2013 MSc Social Research Methods, University of Sussex

2004 LLM Law in Development, University of Warwick

2002 BSc Geography, Durham University 



Rebecca's research is funded by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).


Relevant publications

Rebecca Dobson, “Revolving doors in Westminster? Forget that they’ve blown the bloody doors off”, Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption Blog, April 2017.

Rebecca Dobson, “’Something is rotten’: Brexit and its consequences for (anti-) corruption in the UK”, Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption Blog, July 2016.

Rebecca Dobson, “Carbon market corruption risks and mitigation strategies”, U4 Helpdesk, Berlin: Transparency International, 2015.

Lisa Elges and Rebecca Dobson, “Monitoring climate adaptation financing to ensure effectiveness”, Policy Position 3, Berlin: Transparency International, 2011a.

Transparency International, Global Corruption Report: Climate change, London: Earthscan, 2011b. (Editor)

Rebecca Dobson, “Fast-start funding: Is there an emerging parallel structure for climate finance?” in Transparency International, 2011b.

Ingrid Boas and Rebecca Dobson, “Disrupting lives: Climate migration and corruption” in Transparency International, 2011b.

Transparency International, Global Corruption Report: Corruption and the private sector, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. (Editor)

Rebecca Dobson, “Country perspectives on corruption and the private sector”, in Transparency International, 2009.

Transparency International, Global Corruption Report: Corruption in the water sector, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. (Editor)

Rebecca Dobson, “Corruption through a national lens”, in Transparency International, 2008.