John Robinson

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John Robinson

Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs Professor, School of the Environment
Adjunct Professor, Copenhagen Business School

Contact Details

Room 202315 Bloor St W
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3K7

Research Interests

Climate change, Corporate social responsibility, Economic evaluation/analysis, Energy, Environmental and cultural values, Life cycle analysis, Policy and Decision-making, Political ecology, Public policy and analysis, Resource governance and management, Social ecological systems, Technology, Urban Sustainbility


John Robinson is a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the School of the Environment, at the University of Toronto; an Honorary Professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability at The University of British Columbia; and an Adjunct Professor with the Copenhagen Business School, where he is leading the sustainability component of their campus redevelopment process. Prof. Robinson’s research focuses on 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 partnerships for sustainability with non-academic partners; and, generally, the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes. 

Featured Publications

Munro, A., Marcus, J., Wahl, J., Dolling, K., Robinson, J., (2016) “Combining Forces: Fostering Sustainability Collaboration between the City of Vancouver and The University of British Columbia”, forthcoming in International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 17(4)

Fedoruk, L., Cole, R., Robinson, J., Cayuela, A., (2015) “Learning from failure: understanding the anticipated-achieved building energy performance gap”, Building Research & Information, 43(6): 750-763.

Burch, S., Shaw, A., Kristensen, F., Robinson, J., and Dale, A. (2015) Urban Climate Governance through a Sustainability Lens: Exploring the Integration of Adaptation and Mitigation in Four British Columbian Cities, in Johnson, C., Toly, N., and Schroeder, H. (eds.) The Urban Climate Challenge: Rethinking the Role of Cities in the Global Climate Regime: Routledge.

Coops, N., Marcus, J.,Construt, I., Frank, E., Kellett, R., Mazzi, E., Munro, A., Nesbit, S., Riseman, A., Robinson, J., Schultz, A., and Sipos, Y., (2015) “How an entry-level, interdisciplinary sustainability course revealed the benefits and challenges of a university-wide initiative for sustainability education”, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 16 (5): 729 – 747

Marcus, J., Coops, N., Ellis, S. and Robinson, J., (2015) “Embedding sustainability learning pathways across the university” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 16:7–13.

Robinson, J. and R. Cole, (2014) “Theoretical Underpinnings of Regenerative Sustainability’” Building Research and Information 43(2): 133-143.

Antle, A.N., J. Tanenbaum, A. Macaranas, and J. Robinson, (2014) Games for change: Looking at models of persuasion through the lens of design. (Nijholt, A. ed.) Playful User Interfaces: Interfaces that Invite Social and Physical Interaction, Singapore: Springer.

Robinson, J., T. Berkhout, A. Cayuela, and A. Campbell (2013) Next Generation Sustainability at The University of British Columbia: The University as Societal Test-Bed for Sustainability. Ariane König (ed), Regenerative sustainable development of universities and cities: the role of living laboratories, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.