Robert Kay has 30 years of experience in climate change impact assessment adaptation and coastal zone management. He has a unique background of management and policy experience combined with his technical background in climate change vulnerability impacts and adaptation assessment, geomorphology and coastal planning and management. His work focuses on helping companies, governments and communities to prepare for climate change impacts and guide cost-effective, equitable adaptive responses.
In the last 3 years, Dr Kay has been supporting Californian organizations develop pathways to adapt to climate change impacts that both address immediate priorities, while addressing long-term risks. In this role he supported energy utilities to build climate resilience, including in partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric and the Southern California Gas Company on the recently released 4th California Climate Change Assessment.
Dr. Kay has worked substantially for Multi-lateral organizations such as UNEP, UNDP, and UNFCCC as well as for development banks such as Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. He has led projects in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East, South America, and Africa.
Previously, he was Managing Director of Adaptive Futures and Coastal Zone Management. Dr. Kay has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia and B.Sc. in Geology from Cardiff University and is an Adjunct Professor to Sustainability Research Centre, Sunshine Coast University, Australia. He has written over 120 papers, articles and consultancy reports. Dr. Kay is also on the Advisory Board of Green Planet Films.