Rahwa completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Rural Development and Agricultural Extension from Haramaya University, Ethiopia. She also holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Development from Copenhagen University and a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of Adelaide. Her research focuses on climate change, with a particular interest in climate change risk perception, the impacts of climate change, the vulnerability of local communities, and the existing autonomous and policy-driven adaptation measures in developing countries. She has published her research outputs in peer-reviewed journals (e.g., in Sustainability, Springer, International Development Planning Review and The European Journal of Development Research) – to reach, educate, and engage with various audiences within and beyond the climate change field. Alongside her academic research, she brings practical experience working with consultancy firms, academic institutions, and not-for-profit organizations (CSOs), including Frontieri Consult, Mekelle University, The University of Adelaide, Pan-African University and Good Governance Africa-Eastern Africa.