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Rob Barnett

Rob Barnett

Senior Associate, MSCI Research

As a climate change specialist consultant, Rob Barnett supports financial institutions with regulatory reporting, climate risk assessments and net-zero strategies. Rob spent over a decade in academia as a climate-science researcher, author and educator before moving to the corporate world as a climate consultant. He holds a doctorate in sea-level science from the University of Plymouth, an honorary lecturer position at the University of Exeter and a CFA UK Level 4 Certificate in Climate and Investing.

Research and Insights

Articles by Rob Barnett

    Understanding the Drivers of Transition-Risk Climate VaR

    5 mins read Blog | Aug 18, 2023 | Zoltán Nagy, Rob Barnett, Guido Giese

    Climate stress-testing models like MSCI Climate VaR may be complex, but their main mechanisms can be explained using linear regression. This helps transform input variables into risk outputs, making it easier for investors to understand the primary drivers.  

    Making the Most of Mandatory Climate Disclosures

    4 mins read Blog | Aug 1, 2023 | Rob Barnett, Sylvain Vanston

    As TCFD reporting grows more sophisticated, investors may be able to use climate data to make meaningful disclosures across their firms. We explore three key topics: choice of metrics, internal consistency and cross-functional applications.