EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute Sustainability Research Director
Rob Arnold is Sustainability Research Director at EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute where he is leading in the creation of a new body of knowledge on climate alignment and resilience in different sectors with an initial focus on infrastructure. He is an energy and environment specialist with extensive experience in industry, business, national governments, and international organisations. Rob holds a PhD in Energy and Environment from Imperial College London, an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, a BSc (Hons.) in Chemistry from the University of Manchester and is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He previously worked as an engineering, science and policy advisor to the UK Government for two decades, for departments including the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Recent projects have included leading cross-disciplinary teams in technical analysis, business strategy, and sustainability assessment of new technology and measures to decarbonise energy, infrastructure, industry, transport and land use, co-chairing a multinational team of experts to compile the research programme for a strand of the EU’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan and establishing the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, to identify and fund projects that build value for industry through sustainable decarbonisation.