Robert Kay, Ph.D.
Principal, Climate and Resilience
Robert Kay, Ph.D. has 31 years of experience in climate change impact assessment, adaptation planning, resilience assessment, 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. Robert helps companies, governments, and communities prepare for climate change impacts and guides cost-effective, equitable adaptive responses.
Robert is based in Los Angeles and offers global best practices in climate adaptation to support practical resilience decision making for southern Californian clients. He is regularly sought after for his insights on California climate adaptation policy. Robert has worked substantially for multi-lateral organizations such as the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as for development banks such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. He has led projects in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, South America, and Africa. Since 2009, Robert has provided expert support to delegations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Previously, he was managing director of adaptive futures and coastal zone management. Robert has a doctorate in environmental science from the University of East Anglia and a bachelor's in geology from Cardiff University. He is an adjunct professor in the Sustainability Research Centre at the Sunshine Coast University in Australia. Robert is on the Advisory Board of Green Planet Films and has written over 120 papers, articles, and consultancy reports.