Ruth Davis

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Deputy director of global programmes

Ruth Davis is a writer, campaigner, political analyst and conservationist with over twenty years' experience in the environment sector.  Her areas of interest include the relationship between environmental politics, social justice and the wider politics of the common good; and the importance of place and a love of nature in determining identity and fostering well-being.

She has a degree in English, a diploma in botanical horticulture from Kew Gardens and an MSc in plant sciences.  From 1997 to 2001 she managed an extensive programme of conservation projects for Plantlife - the Wild Plant Conservation Charity -  before joining the RSPB, where she led the society's work on water and climate change. From 2009 to 2015 she was political director at Greenpeace UK, where she helped develop and implement campaigns on climate and energy, fair fishing and the protection of the Arctic. She was a senior associate at E3G between 2015 and 2017, before becoming deputy director of global programmes at RSPB. Ruth writes extensively about the philosophy, politics and practice of environmentalism, and was awarded an MBE for services to the environment in 2014