John Robinson

Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability
Professor, School of the Environment

Trinity College
1 Devonshire Place 
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3K7 Canada

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Current affiliations

  • Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability

Areas of interest

  • Academic/community partnerships
  • Climate change
  • Participatory community engagement
  • Scenario analysis and futures studies
  • Social and technological change
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Buildings and Cities


Main bio

John Robinson is a professor at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the School of the Environment. He is an honorary professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, and adjunct professor with Copenhagen Business School. He currently serves as U of T's Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability.

Professor Robinson's research focuses on the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; the use of visualization, modelling and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; sustainable buildings and urban design; the role of the university in contributing to sustainability; creating partnerships for sustainability with non-academic partners; and generally, the intersection of sustainability, sociology and technological change, behaviour change and the community engagement process. 

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Journal Articles

  • Robinson, J. 2021. Sustainability as transmutation: an alchemical interpretation of a transformation to sustainability. Sustainability Science.
  • Robinson, J., et al., 2020. Meeting the climate change challenge: local government climate action in British Columbia, Canada, Climate Policy, 20:7, 866-880, DOI:10.1080/14693062.2019.1651244.
  • Robinson, J., and Slater, K. 2020. Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Co-Production: A Social Practice Approach. Sustainability 12. Published online September 2020. doi:10.3390/su12187511.
  • Robinson, J., and Williams, S. 2020. Measuring sustainability: An evaluation framework for sustainability transition experiments. Environmental Science and Policy 103. Published online November 2019.