Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program
Elizabeth Rakowski


Elizabeth Rakowski



Small Island Developing States and the Influence of Foreign Direct Investment on Climate Aid Commitments

Elizabeth Rakowski, Political Science/International Relations
Faculty Mentors: Professor Mehwish Sarwari, Political Science and Professor Patrick McGovern, Political Science

Elizabeth is a senior in International Relations who expects to graduate in Spring 2021. She has interests in exploring the field of climate change, the relationship between political economy and climate aid, politics of small island developing states, and human rights violations. Inspired through interning at the European Union to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations, she intends to seek similar work experiences before pursuing graduate studies to further her research and publication goals.

During her fellowship, Elizabeth discovered a statistically significant relationship between U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) outflows and climate aid allocation. Results suggest that the more FDI within a country, the more likely donors will provide climate aid to protect their investment and economic interdependence. Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are extremely vulnerable to climate change, and securing climate aid is necessary for survival and development. Elizabeth’s research was presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in April 2021.

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