Purdie Bowden was a lead negotiator for Australia in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in the lead up to and following the Paris Agreement. In 2016 she co-led development of the "Climate Finance Roadmap" on how developed countries will meet the goal of delivering US$100bn per year in climate finance to developing countries by 2020. Purdie Bowden has a Master's degree from University of Melbourne (Environmental Studies) and Law degree from Flinders University. She practised as a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons before joining the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in 2012, followed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is currently on leave from DFAT.