John B. Robinson

Selected Professional Appointments

Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and School of the Environment, University of Toronto, cross-appointed to graduate programs of Geography and Planning and Daniels Faculty, University of Toronto
Adjunct Professor, Copenhagen Business School

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John B. Robinson (Photo: Henrik Sandsjö, courtesy Mistra Urban Futures)

Dr. John B. Robinson is Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability at the University of Toronto. He is also Principal Investigator of U of T’s Sustainable Built Environment Performance Assessment (SBEPA) research network.

His 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; the history and philosophy of sustainability; and, generally, the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, ways of thinking, and community engagement processes.

In 2019, Dr. Robinson was Visiting Professor on Transdisciplinary Sustainability at Utrecht University. In 2018, he was awarded the Green Ribbon Award – Faculty, by the University of Toronto Sustainability Office, for contributions to sustainability at U of T. In the same year, he received a Clean 50 Award, in the Education and Thought Leadership category, by the Delta Management Group, for his contributions to university sustainability.

In 2012 Dr. Robinson received the Metro Vancouver Architecture Canada Architecture Advocacy Award and was named Environmental Scientist of the Year by Canadian Geographic magazine. In 2011, he received the Canada Green Building Council Education Leadership Award, and in 2010 he was given BC Hydro’s inaugural Larry Bell Award for advancing energy conservation in British Columbia. Dr. Robinson was a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation from 2008-10, and, as a Lead Author, he contributed to the 1995, 2001 and 2007 reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore.

Specialty focus areas

Urban and building sustainability; community engagement methods and processes; role of the university in society; modelling; visualization.

Phone: (416) 918-7977