Rob was a Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Lord Stern between July 2021 and April 2023. His work covered the voluntary carbon market, climate and nature-positive development, and international and national climate governance.

Now working as an independent advisor and researcher, he continues to contribute to projects at the Institute on policy for a just transition and on sustainable finance, including voluntary and Article 6 carbon markets.


Prior to joining the Institute, Rob was an Analyst at Climate Policy Initiative, where he led research tracking global climate finance flows and contributed data to the IPCC and the UNFCCC’s Biennial Assessment. He also developed tools to assess the alignment of institutions’ targets, policies and investments with net-zero goals, both worldwide and in the UK. 

Rob previously worked as an Economist at the research and campaigning organisation Positive Money, focusing on green central banking and options to reform the UK’s monetary and financial policy framework. He holds an MSc in Comparative Political Economy from LSE and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Research interests

  • International institutions and norms that can raise the quantity and quality of finance for climate, nature, and development
  • Policy design to achieve a just transition
  • Public engagement and participation to drive behavioural and technological change
  • Governance of net-zero commitments, including interactions between voluntary initiatives and national and international regulation


Research - 2023

Research - 2022


Policy - 2023

Policy - 2022

Policy - 2021


Books - 2022


News - 2024

News - 2023

News - 2022

Voluntary Carbon Markets are growing rapidly but where credits or the claims made by buyers lack integrity and quality, this could undermine global climate action and development. Rob Macquarie explains how companies and policymakers who want VCMs to succeed can make them a meaningful contribution to sustainable development and a just global transition. Read more

News - 2021

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