Rob joined the Grantham Research Institute in July 2021. He is a member of the policy team, in addition to providing research support to Professor Stern. His policy work spans climate finance, international climate politics and governance, and the just transition.

Rob leads the Institute’s policy work on voluntary carbon markets and facilitates engagement with the UK Government via the Council for Science and Technology. He has contributed to research for the G7 on an international climate alliance, or ‘climate club’. He also leads the Institute’s policy contribution to the interdisciplinary project JUSTDECARB, to assist national policymakers across Europe to design and implement socially just and politically robust low-carbon transitions.


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

  • The role of institutions in driving international climate finance in high quantity and quality
  • Policy design to promote a just transition in climate and ecological action
  • Public engagement and participation as a tool to construct sustainable pathways and drive institutional and technical innovation
  • Emergent governance for net-zero commitments and the interplay of voluntary initiatives with national and international regulation


Research - 2022


Policy - 2022

Policy - 2021


Books - 2022


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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