John B. Robinson

Fellows
2008
Current affiliation:
University of British Columbia

An expert in climate change mitigation, he is highly respected for his capacity to build bridges between academia, industry and NGOs.

John Robinson’s work focusses on the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability. His work includes the use of visualization, modeling, and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures, sustainable buildings and urban design, creating partnerships for sustainability with non-academic partners. More generally, his expertise explores the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes.  

John Robinson is a professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, and the Department of Geography, at the University of British Columbia. He is currently directing research programs looking at the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; the use of visualization, modeling and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; sustainable buildings and urban design; creating private/public/NGO and research sector partnerships for sustainability; and generally the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes.
His major current project is trying to get the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) built and operating. Dr. Robinson was recently appointed as Executive Director, UBC Vancouver Sustainability, a new strategic management group that will integrate teaching, research and operational sustainability initiatives on UBC's Point Grey campus.

Dr. Robinson is a member of the BC Hydro External Advisory Committee on Electricity Conservation and Efficiency, and the Vancouver Climate Leadership Council, on the Board of the Sustainable Cities Foundation and the Pembina Institute, a member of the Steering Group of HELIO International, and on the Editorial Boards of the journals Integrated Assessment, Ecology and Society, Building Research and Information, and the Journal of Industrial Ecology. He has been a Lead Author in the last three reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.