Robin Mearns is a geographer specializing in the social and institutional dimensions of climate change, natural resource management, and community-based risk management in developing countries. He coordinates work on the Social Dimensions of Climate Change across the World Bank. He has spent most of his 11 years in the World Bank to date as team leader for operations, analytical and policy advisory activities in East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and Caribbean, and South Asia regions, primarily on community-driven development, natural resource management, land policy reform, and participatory poverty assessment.
He recently spent four years with the rural development team in the Vietnam country office, where he was also country sector coordinator for social development. This followed four years leading the Bank's rural development program in Mongolia.
Prior to joining the Bank, he was a Fellow of IDS, University of Sussex (1990-97) and a Research Associate with IIED, London (1987-89).
He holds PhD and MA degrees in Geography (University of Cambridge), an MPhil in Development Studies (University of Sussex), and has published extensively on environment and sustainable development.