BiographyMargaret Robertson developed and coordinates the interdisciplinary Sustainability degree program at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, USA. She teaches sustainability, sustainable buildings, drafting and design. She is the author of three books on sustainability from Routledge/Earthscan: Sustainability Principles and Practice, 2nd ed.; Dictionary of Sustainability; and Communicating Sustainability; and is a contributing author to The Community Resilience Reader from the Post Carbon Institute and Island Press.
Robertson’s goal is to communicate concepts of complexity, resilience, systems thinking, and the multiple, interconnected dimensions of human culture and the biosphere with as much clarity as possible to as many people as possible, all in service of what we call ‘sustainability’: the long-term survival of life on earth as we know it.
Current research beyond the field of sustainability investigates wayfinding and design for users with visual impairment. Design informed by senses other than visual is underpinned by principles of universal design: the concept that good design for people with visual impairment should result in good design for every person, including enhanced awareness of the living world.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Sustainability; sustainable development; sustainable design; multisensory design
Special interests include environmental ethics and the rights of all living things, human and nonhuman, to survive and thrive in their own way, independent of their usefulness to others.