Bridget Kathleen Burns

Director Women's Environment and Development Organization

Region(s): Global
Country of focus: United States
Based in New York

Bridget Kathleen Burns (@bridiekatie) is Director of WEDO, Women’s Environment and Development Organization. She is a gender equality and climate justice expert. She specializes in policy advocacy, research and movement building at the intersection of gender equality, women’s rights and environment/climate justice.

She has been particularly focused on integrating gender equality into the decisions and outcomes of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Bridget serves as the co-focal point of the Women and Gender Constituency, a UNFCCC stakeholder group of civil society organizations which support the political participation of women’s rights advocates in climate convention processes.

Prior to WEDO, Bridget worked at LEAD International, coordinating a global network of environmental leaders and conducting leadership training. She holds a Masters from the London School of Economics in Gender, Development and Globalization, with a focus on eco-feminism, strategic essentialism and its deployment in literature and policy. Through this work and study, Bridget has also worked on a wide variety of development issues in several countries: renewable energy infrastructure in Beijing, global health issues in Tunisia, disaster risk and resilience in Bangkok, and women’s economic development in Costa Rica. She is currently engaged in a wide variety of local and international climate justice groups.

She was among Apolitical’s list of 100 most influential people in gender policy in 2020.