Hi and welcome to my site where you’ll learn a little about me and my work as an urban sustainability scientist.
I’m Robert Hobbins. I’m a sustainability scientist and knowledge architect who researches and implements strategies to build more inclusive, equitable, and resilient cities given today’s rapidly changing environmental conditions. I have a PhD in Sustainability from Arizona State University and currently work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Georgia State University’s Urban Studies Institute in Atlanta, GA. I’m part of the Sustainable Futures Lab at the institute.
My research centers around redesigning and creating new knowledge systems – the routines and practices used by institutions to create, review, share, and use knowledge – to guide urban resilience decision-making. The process of redesigning or creating new knowledge systems is what I call ‘knowledge innovation’ and why I call myself a knowledge architect. We are in desperate need of radical changes to our knowledge systems to meet the demands of today’s environmental and sustainability challenges.
Knowledge co-production is one type of knowledge innovation that I focus on due to the inclusion of diverse groups and knowledges in cities. It is a means to potentially make our knowledge systems more inclusive and the outcomes of resilience efforts more equitable. My work brings together diverse urban stakeholders to co-design new knowledge systems as well as co-create future visions of more equitable and resilient cities. Over the past five years, I have helped cities across the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean to creative positive visions of the future and the innovative strategies and actions it will take to get us there. Check out the Projects page for info on my past and current work. You can also view my CV here.
Reach out and let me know if you’d like to collaborate on any of my projects, have a new project in mind, or need assistance in redesigning your organization’s creation, communication, and use of knowledge or information for guiding your city’s or organization’s resilience efforts.