Robert Smith

Principal, Midsummer Analytics and Senior Associate, International Institute for Sustainable Development


  • Robert Smith is an environmental statistician and economist known for his conceptual and empirical work linking the environment and the economy, particularly related to the concept of natural capital and its use in measuring sustainable development.
  • Robert worked for more than 20 years at Statistics Canada, Canada’s national statistical agency, helping build its leading environmental accounts and statistics program.
  • In 2013, Robert left Statistics Canada to form Midsummer Analytics, an Ottawa-based consultancy focused on environment-economy analysis.

Policy Briefs

G20 India 2023

A Framework to Enhance Financing Capacity and Incentivise Preservation of Natural Assets

Alexander Ryota Keeley (Urban Institute), Alin Halimatussadiah (The Institute for Economic and Social Research, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Indonesia), Bambang Brodjonegoro (University of Indonesia), Matthew Agarwala (Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge; Tobin Center for Economic Policy, Yale University), Muhammad Adriansyah (Institute for Economic and Social Research), Robert Smith (International Institute for Sustainable Development), Robi Kurniawan (SDGs Hub), Roes Ebara Gikami Lufti (Institute for Economic and Social Research Faculty of Economics and Business), Shunsuke Managi (Urban Institute), Shutaro Takeda (Urban Institute), Teuku Riefky (University of Indonesia (LPEM FEB UI))

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