Robyn is passionate about connecting theory and practice, and generating research that is of practical use for professionals and communities grappling with development issues. She has worked in the Australian university sector based on regional campuses for 15 years and prior to that she worked in international development practice with international NGOs, USAID, and European Commission projects. She is fluent in Spanish and English and is the author of four scholarly books, six books for children and over 60 scholarly journal articles and book chapters.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Robyn has published extensively on participatory development, poverty, community engagement, development governance, local economic development and social enterprise. Much of her work has focused on linking the research and teaching roles of universities to the needs and opportunities in rural and regional communities. Her numerous applied research projects conducted in partnership with industry, government and community organisations, in direct response to their needs and concerns, have contributed to understanding social change and building resilience on the ground in rural and regional communities. Her book Knowledge Partnering for Community Development describes the knowledge partnering development approach and how to apply it in practice.