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Rebecca Newman
PhD Student



Rebecca is a PhD student supervised by Professor Robert Marchant and Dr Charis Enns. Her project explores how an understanding of social-ecological relationships in the water-energy-food nexus can better inform sustainable land use planning in small developing islands. She is particularly invested in capturing insights from local communities about drivers of change for social-ecological relationships and overcoming barriers to incorporating these in research. Ahead of her PhD Rebecca completed an MSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management, her thesis focused on the capacity of beekeeping to become an alternative livelihood activity for climate change adaptation in the Taita Hills Kenya. Rebecca also previously studied MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation where she specialised in exploring bee populations and diversity at different climatic gradients.


  • 2017-Present PhD in Environmental Science University of York 
  • 2016-2017 MSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management University of York  
  • 2014-2015 PGCE in Secondary Science Education University of York 
  • 2011-2012 MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation University of Leeds 
  • 2009-2011 BSc in Environmental Science University of York 


Selected publications

de Jong Cleyndert G., Newman R., Brugere C., Cuni-Sanchez A., Marchant R. (2021) Adaptation of Seaweed Farmers in Zanzibar to the Impacts of Climate Change. In: Leal Filho W., Oguge N., Ayal D., Adeleke L., da Silva I. (eds) African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation. Springer, Cham.

Newman, R. J. S., Marchant, R., Enns, C., & Capitani, C. (2020). Assessing the impacts of land use and climate interactions on beekeeping livelihoods in the Taita Hills, Kenya. Development in Practice, 1–16.

Newman, R. J. S., Capitani, C., Courtney-Mustaphi, C., Thorn, J. P. R., Kariuki, R., Enns, C., & Marchant, R. (2020). Integrating Insights from Social-Ecological Interactions into Sustainable Land Use Change Scenarios for Small Islands in the Western Indian Ocean. Sustainability, 12(4), 1340.

Courtney Mustaphi, C. J., Capitani, C., Boles, O., Kariuki, R., Newman, R., Munishi, L., … Lane, P. (2019). Integrating evidence of land use and land cover change for land management policy formulation along the Kenya-Tanzania borderlands. Anthropocene, 28, 100228.