Dr Zoe Robinson

Title: Reader
Phone: (+44) 01782 7 34303
Email: z.p.robinson@keele.ac.uk
Location: William Smith Building : WS 1.32
Role: Director of Education for Sustainability
Contacting me:
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Zoe has a BSc in Geography and Geology, and a PhD in Glacial Groundwater Systems, and is now a Reader in Sustainability at Keele, having started at Keele in 2004 as a Lecturer in Physical Geography, following a period of time working in Environmental Consultancy as a Geologist/Hydrogeologist.

Rather than aligning with a particular discipline Zoe aligns herself with the emerging field of ‘Sustainability Science’, which centres around finding solutions to problems of ‘unsustainability’ rather than around specific disciplines.  Zoe’s background in the sustainability field is broad covering research, education and outreach activities, detailed below:

Research

Zoe’s main research focus on addressing sustainability is through educational strategies - areas of interest include student attitudes towards environmental citizenship, pedagogies of climate change, the development of sustainability as an educational ‘discipline’, supporting interdisciplinary learning on sustainability focused programmes, and the pedagogies of listening for sustainability.

Zoe has been involved in research relating to energy use in communities, and evaluating in-home fuel poverty interventions, as well as water and carbon footprinting of higher education institutions.

Zoe also works on groundwater and surface water systems in glacial environments, and how the ecological evolution of proglacial surface water bodies links with the geomorphological and hydrological evolution of these dynamic and sensitive regions. 

This work has been funded by ESRC, EPSRC, NERC, NEA, HEA and HEFCE

Education

Zoe was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2012 for her institutional and national work in the field of Education for Sustainable Development and employability, and awarded Principle Fellow Status of the Higher Education Academy for her institutional sustainability leadership.  Zoe plays a leading role in the sustainability agenda at Keele University, and specifically has a University role as Director of Education for Sustainability, with responsibility for embedding sustainability in the curriculum and wider student experience.

Zoe developed a degree programme in BSc Environment & Sustainability and has run this and BSc (Applied) Environmental Science for around ten years, as well as running a sustainability module on Greening Business, available for students from across the university.  Zoe developed an international collaboration programme with a university in Nanjing, China, and teaches on a wide range of modules covering different areas of sustainability and environmental management, including water resource management.

Zoe acts as an advisor on Education for Sustainable Development for the National Union of Students and the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges, and is also on the Executive Board of the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences.

Outreach

For ten years Zoe ran an environmental education group ‘Science for Sustainability’, which delivered environmental education programmes for schools and school teachers, across a breadth of sustainability topics and levels, as well as working with the wider public.  Zoe has also been involved in delivering training in ‘greening business’ for un- and under-employed graduates taking on short-term sustainability-focussed placements with local employers; developing a programme on climate change for business leaders; as well as developing educational resources for Veolia and Valpak.     Through this outreach work Zoe has worked closely with a number of Councils (East Staffordshire Borough Council, Newcastle Borough Council, and Staffordshire County Council) and other local organisations such as Beat the Cold.

This work has been funded by EPSRC, Defra, RCUK, Institute of Physics, and Learning Skills Network.

Zoe’s interests in sustainability are broad as reflected in the diversity of her research, as outlined below in three broad areas i) Sustainability in Higher Education; ii) Energy in communities; iii) Glacial groundwater and ecology.

Sustainability in Higher Education

Current projects/areas of interest include:

  • Listening for Sustainability (HEFCE funded) – developing pedagogies of listening to support interdisciplinary and sustainability learning
  • The development of sustainability as an educational field – an analysis of sustainability undergraduate programmes in the UK
  • ‘Living what we’re learning’ (HEA funded) – sustainability of student living and student-led activism
  • Carbon and water footprinting within Higher Education Institutions
  • Developing energy literacy through sustainability infrastructure
Selected publications:

Robinson, Z.P. and Madley, I. (2017) Creating a campus style laboratory for low carbon energy research.  Environmental Scientist, Vol. 26.

Bessant SEF, Robinson ZP, Ormerod RM. 2015. Neoliberalism, new public management and the sustainable development agenda of higher education: history, contradictions and synergies. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH, vol. 21(3), 417-432.

Robinson ZP. 2014. Are geography students good "environmental citizens?" A comparison between year of study and over time. JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY IN HIGHER EDUCATION, vol. 39(2), 245-259. 

Mercer TG, Kythreotis AP, Robinson ZP, Stolte T, George SM, Haywood SK. 2017. The use of educational game design and play in higher education to influence sustainable behaviour. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION, vol. 18(3), 359-384.

Bessant, S., Bailey, P., Robinson, Z., Tomkinson, C.B., Tomkinson, R., Ormerod, R.M, Boast, R. (2014) Problem-based learning: a case study of sustainability education – a toolkit for educators.  Available at: https://www.keele.ac.uk/media/keeleuniversity/group/hybridpbl/PBL_ESD_Case%20Study_Bessant,%20et%20al.%202013.pdf

ROBINSON, Z.P. (2011) Climate change education: Challenges and opportunities.  In: Hasslett, S., France, D, Gedye, S. (eds.) Planet Special Edition: The Pedagogies of Climate Change.

ROBINSON, Z.P. (2009) Greening Business.  In: The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy.  Stibbe, A. (ed.) Green Books, 130-136.

ROBINSON, Z.P.  (2009) Linking employability and sustainability skills through a module on ‘Greening Business’. Planet, 22, 10-13

Energy in communities

Simcock N, MacGregor S, Catney P, Dobson A, Ormerod M, Robinson Z, Ross S, Royston S, Hall SM. 2014. Factors influencing perceptions of domestic energy information: Content, source and process. ENERGY POLICY, vol. 65, 455-464.

Catney P, Macgregor S, Dobson A, Hall SM, Royston S, Robinson Z, Ormerod M, Ross S. 2013. Big society, little justice? Community renewable energy and the politics of localism. Local Environment

Catney P, Dobson A, Hall SM, MacGregor S, Robinson ZP, Ormerod M, Ross S. 2013. Community knowledge networks: an action-orientated approach to energy research. Local Environment, vol. 18(4).

Glacial groundwater and ecology

Robinson, Z.P., Law, A., Szkornik, K. and Waller, R.I. (submitted) Geomorphological, sedimentological and hydrological processes as drivers for ecological change in proglacial kettle hole lakes, Skeiđarársandur, south-east Iceland.  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

Levy A, Robinson Z, Krause S, Waller R, Weatherill J. 2015. Long-term variability of proglacial groundwater-fed hydrological systems in an area of glacier retreat, Skeioararsandur, Iceland. EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES AND LANDFORMS, vol. 40(7), 981-994. l

Tristram DA, Krause S, Levy A, Robinson ZP, Waller RI, Weatherill JJ. 2015. Identifying spatial and temporal dynamics of proglacial groundwater-surface-water exchange using combined temperature-tracing methods. FRESHWATER SCIENCE, vol. 34(1), 99-110.

Cook SJ, Robinson ZP, Fairchild IJ, Knight PG, Waller RI, Boomer I. 2010. Role of glaciohydraulic supercooling in the formation of stratified facies basal ice: Svinafellsjokull and Skaftafellsjokull, southeast Iceland. BOREAS, vol. 39(1), 24-38.

Robinson ZP, Fairchild IJ, Spiro B. 2009. The sulphur isotope and hydrochemical characteristics of Skeioararsandur, Iceland: identification of solute sources and implications for weathering processes. HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES, vol. 23(15), 2212-2224.

Robinson, ZP, Fairchild IJ, Arrowsmith CA. 2009. Stable isotope tracers of shallow groundwater recharge dynamics and mixing within an Icelandic sandur, Skeiðarársandur. In: Hydrology in mountain regions. Marks D and Sciences IAOH (Eds.). (vol. 326).

Robinson ZP, Fairchild IJ, Russell AJ. 2008. Hydrogeological implications of glacial landscape evolution at Skeioararsandur, SE Iceland. GEOMORPHOLOGY, vol. 97(1-2), 218-236.

PhD/MPhil students

1st supervisor

Saumu Ibrahim (current) Climate change adaptation strategies for rural farmers, Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania

Rebecca Laycock (current) Transience and student-led food growing projects

Sophie Bessant (2017) Exploring the interface of marketisation and education for sustainable development in English higher education

Amir Levy (2014) The effect of glacier fluctuation on shallow hydrogeological systems of glaciers in SE Iceland

Ata Ur Rehman Sheikh (2017, MPhil) Sustainable rural energy access in rural communities of South Asia: An analysis of the literature on the challenges and failures.

Nicola Ruston (2014, MPhil) Evaluating the effectiveness of environmental education programs: the impact on behaviours and attitudes of pupils and evidence of intergenerational learning, Anglesey, East Staffordshire

Supervisory team

Yaman Aljaghbeer (current) Building Management Systems, Energy Efficiency and  Occupant Behaviour

Mate Lorincz (2017) Investigating the effect of visible energy-metering, as a form of immediate feedback on undergraduates energy consumption practices

 

Selected Publications

  • Pedersen RL and Robinson Z. 2018. Reviewing University Community Gardens for Sustainability: taking stock, comparisons with urban community gardens and mapping research opportunities. LOCAL ENVIRONMENT, vol. 23(6), 652-671. link> doi>
  • Gu Y, Li Y, Li X, Luo P, Wang H, Robinson ZP, Wang X, Wu J, Li F. 2017. The feasibility and challenges of energy self-sufficient wastewater treatment plants. APPLIED ENERGY, vol. 204, 1463-1475. link> doi> full text>
  • Mercer TG, Kythreotis AP, Robinson ZP, Stolte T, George SM, Haywood SK. 2017. The use of educational game design and play in higher education to influence sustainable behaviour. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION, vol. 18(3), 359-384. link> doi> full text>
  • Nobajas A, Waller RI, Robinson ZP, Sangonzalo R. 2017. Too much of a good thing? the role of detailed UAV imagery in characterizing large-scale badland drainage characteristics in South-Eastern Spain. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING, vol. 38(8-10), 2844-2860. link> doi> full text>
  • Robinson ZP, Cage AG, Szkornik K, Haffenden A, Oliver I, Stimpson I, Stott K, Ullah S, Waller RI. 2016. The Rise and Fall of a Collaboration: Reflections on the benefits, challenges and lessons learned from an joint England-China teaching initiative. The Journal of Academic Development and Education, 32-56. link>

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Journal Articles

  • Pedersen RL and Robinson Z. 2018. Reviewing University Community Gardens for Sustainability: taking stock, comparisons with urban community gardens and mapping research opportunities. LOCAL ENVIRONMENT, vol. 23(6), 652-671. link> doi>
  • Gu Y, Li Y, Li X, Luo P, Wang H, Robinson ZP, Wang X, Wu J, Li F. 2017. The feasibility and challenges of energy self-sufficient wastewater treatment plants. APPLIED ENERGY, vol. 204, 1463-1475. link> doi> full text>
  • Mercer TG, Kythreotis AP, Robinson ZP, Stolte T, George SM, Haywood SK. 2017. The use of educational game design and play in higher education to influence sustainable behaviour. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION, vol. 18(3), 359-384. link> doi> full text>
  • Nobajas A, Waller RI, Robinson ZP, Sangonzalo R. 2017. Too much of a good thing? the role of detailed UAV imagery in characterizing large-scale badland drainage characteristics in South-Eastern Spain. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING, vol. 38(8-10), 2844-2860. link> doi> full text>
  • Robinson ZP, Cage AG, Szkornik K, Haffenden A, Oliver I, Stimpson I, Stott K, Ullah S, Waller RI. 2016. The Rise and Fall of a Collaboration: Reflections on the benefits, challenges and lessons learned from an joint England-China teaching initiative. The Journal of Academic Development and Education, 32-56. link>
  • Szkornik K, Cage AG, Oliver I, Robinson ZP, Stimpson I, Stott KJ, Ullah S, Waller RI. 2015. Preparing international students for the diversity of assessment in UK High Education. PedRIO, vol. 7(Inclusive Assessment), 30-35. link>
  • Levy A, Robinson Z, Krause S, Waller R, Weatherill J. 2015. Long-term variability of proglacial groundwater-fed hydrological systems in an area of glacier retreat, Skeioararsandur, Iceland. EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES AND LANDFORMS, vol. 40(7), 981-994. link> doi> full text>
  • Bessant SEF, Robinson ZP, Ormerod RM. 2015. Neoliberalism, new public management and the sustainable development agenda of higher education: history, contradictions and synergies. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH, vol. 21(3), 417-432. link> doi>
  • Tristram DA, Krause S, Levy A, Robinson ZP, Waller RI, Weatherill JJ. 2015. Identifying spatial and temporal dynamics of proglacial groundwater-surface-water exchange using combined temperature-tracing methods. FRESHWATER SCIENCE, vol. 34(1), 99-110. link> doi> full text>
  • Robinson ZP. 2014. Are geography students good "environmental citizens?" A comparison between year of study and over time. JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY IN HIGHER EDUCATION, vol. 39(2), 245-259. link> doi> full text>
  • Simcock N, MacGregor S, Catney P, Dobson A, Ormerod M, Robinson Z, Ross S, Royston S, Hall SM. 2014. Factors influencing perceptions of domestic energy information: Content, source and process. ENERGY POLICY, vol. 65, 455-464. link> doi>
  • Catney P, MacGregor S, Dobson A, Hall SM, Royston S, Robinson Z, Ormerod M, Ross S. 2014. Big society, little justice? Community renewable energy and the politics of localism. LOCAL ENVIRONMENT, vol. 19(7), 715-730. link> doi>
  • Catney P, Dobson A, Hall S, Hards S, MacGregor S, Robinson Z, Ormerod M, Ross S. 2013. Community knowledge networks: an action-orientated approach to energy research. LOCAL ENVIRONMENT, vol. 18(4), 506-520. link> doi>
  • Catney P, Macgregor S, Dobson A, Hall SM, Royston S, Robinson Z, Ormerod M, Ross S. 2013. Big society, little justice? Community renewable energy and the politics of localism. Local Environment. doi>
  • Catney P, Dobson A, Hall SM, MacGregor S, Robinson ZP, Ormerod M, Ross S. 2013. Community knowledge networks: an action-orientated approach to energy research. Local Environment, vol. 18(4). doi>
  • Catney P, MacGregor S, Dobson A, Hall SM, Royston S, Robinson ZP, Ormerod M, Ross S. 2013. Forthcoming: Big society, little justice? Community renewable energy and the politics of localism. Local Environment. doi>
  • Cook SJ, Robinson ZP, Fairchild IJ, Knight PG, Waller RI, Boomer I. 2010. Role of glaciohydraulic supercooling in the formation of stratified facies basal ice: Svinafellsjokull and Skaftafellsjokull, southeast Iceland. BOREAS, vol. 39(1), 24-38. link> doi>
  • Robinson ZP, Fairchild IJ, Spiro B. 2009. The sulphur isotope and hydrochemical characteristics of Skeioararsandur, Iceland: identification of solute sources and implications for weathering processes. HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES, vol. 23(15), 2212-2224. link> doi>
  • Robinson ZP, Fairchild IJ, Russell AJ. 2008. Hydrogeological implications of glacial landscape evolution at Skeioararsandur, SE Iceland. GEOMORPHOLOGY, vol. 97(1-2), 218-236. link> doi>
  • Cook SJ, Knight PG, Waller RI, Robinson ZP, Adam WG. 2007. The geography of basal ice and its relationship to glaciohydraulic supercooling: Svinafellsjokull, southeast Iceland. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, vol. 26(19-21), 2309-2315. link> doi>
  • Knight PG, Jennings CE, Waller RI, Robinson ZP. 2007. Changes in ice-margin processes and sediment routing during ice-sheet advance across a marginal moraine. GEOGRAFISKA ANNALER SERIES A-PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY, vol. 89A(3), 203-215. link> doi>
  • Robinson ZP, Fairchild IJ, Spiro B, Russell AJ. 2002. Weathering reactions within a basaltic glacial outwash plain. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, vol. 66(15A), A643. link>
  • Knight PG, Waller RI, Patterson CJ, Jones AP & Robinson ZP. 2002. Discharge of debris from ice at the margin of the Greenland ice sheet. Journal of Glaciology., vol. 48(161), 192-198. doi>
  • Knight PG, Patterson CJ, Waller RI, Jones AP, Robinson ZP. 2000. Preservation of basal-ice sediment texture in ice-sheet moraines. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, vol. 19(13), 1255-1258. link> doi>
  • Knight PG, Waller RI, Patterson CJ, Jones AP, Robinson ZP. 2000. Glacier advance, ice-marginal lakes and routing of meltwater and sediment: Russell Glacier, Greenland. JOURNAL OF GLACIOLOGY, vol. 46(154), 423-426. link> doi>

Chapters

  • ROBINSON Z. 2009. Greening Business. In The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy. Stibbe A (Ed.). Green Books.
  • ROBINSON Z, Fairchild IJ, Arrowsmith CA. 2009. Stable isotope tracers of shallow groundwater recharge dynamics and mixing within an Icelandic sandur, Skeiðarársandur. In Hydrology in mountain regions. Marks D and Sciences IAOH (Eds.). (vol. 326).

Other

  • Robinson ZP, Fairchild IJ, Spiro B & Russell AJ. 2002. Weathering reactions within basaltic outwash plain. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta Abstracts..
  • Cassidy NJ, Russell AJ, Marren PM, Fay H, Knudsen O, Rushmer EL, Van Dijk TAGP, Roberts MJ & Robinson ZP. 2001. GPR-derived architecture of November 1996,jokulhlaup deposits, Skeidararsandur, Iceland. Eos Trans AGU 82(47)..
  • Robinson ZP, Fairchild IJ, Russell AJ & Spiro B. 2001. Proglacial groundwater response to multi-magnitude atmospheric/volcanic events. Earth Systems Processes Abstracts.

Zoe has taught a wide range of different environmental science, sustainability and geography modules.  Her current teaching commitments are on the following modules:

ESC-10061 Studying the Environment (module leader)

ESC-10043 Greening Business: Employability and Sustainability (module leader)

ESC-30020/ESC-40019 Water Resources (module leader)

ESC-10041 People and the Environment

ESC-10032 Global Warming or a New Ice Age

ESC-20017 Human Impacts on the Environment: Scientific Perspectives

ESC-20079 Environmental and Sustainability Impact Assessment and Research Planning

ESC-20030 Dynamic Geographies

GEG-20018 Concepts and Debates

GEG-10011 Geography and Geographers

Field courses:

  • Centre for Alternative Technology
  • Bordeaux
  • Iceland