SOAS University of London

Rebecca Newsom

I had been working for a communications agency for several years prior to going to SOAS, and hadn’t quite found my passion at work. I knew I wanted to work in the field of environmental politics, and I wanted to set myself up for that.

I had been working for a communications agency for several years prior to going to SOAS, and hadn’t quite found my passion at work. I knew I wanted to work in the field of environmental politics, and I wanted to set myself up for that. I wanted to learn more about political ecology and political economy, and I also wanted to reignite my passion about the subject I care most about. 

The combination of political economy and political ecology as core modules brought together a holistic analysis of how many of today’s global economies operate, alongside a critical analysis of the tensions between conventional development, the environment, and communities who depend on them. This was fascinating and felt vital to learn about. I was inspired by so many teachers on the course, and made great friends with course mates, who I still have debates with on the subject to this day!

I am currently working as the Head of Politics for Greenpeace UK. This involves devising and leading on strategies to influence politicians across different UK political parties to promote action in the areas of energy, ocean protection and air pollution. I feel that much of the critical thinking I learnt during my masters is applicable and important for my daily work now.