Robert is a PhD candidate in Development Economics at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne. He focuses in his research predominantly on climate risk and disaster adaptation in a development context. Hereby, instead of solely spotlighting the macro dimension of the international finance-climate nexus, he chiefly centers his research around local economic impacts of (climate) disasters in developing countries measured, amongst others, by high resolution satellite imagery. To improve his understanding of applied disaster models, he has spent part of his PhD as a Visiting Scientist at the United Nations University in the Institute of Environment and Human Security in Germany.
Before joining the PhD program in 2021, he obtained a MSc in Economics and a MPhil in Development Economics from Paris 1 after completion of his undergraduate studies in Germany.