For three decades, Rob’s teaching, research and external service focused on water and environmental governance in Canada and around the world. His major contributions have been in the areas of climate change adaptation, local capacity for water management, transboundary water governance, and collaborative approaches to environmental problem solving. His most recent water governance research focuses on understanding how the traditional boundaries of water governance systems can undermine the achievement of water objectives, and how this problem can be addressed. Work in this program is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Global Water Futures program.
Starting in late 2019, Rob began winding down his water governance research program; he is no longer accepting graduate students or post-doctoral researchers in this area. His new research program explores whether or not and how photography can be used to build understanding around challenging science and policy questions in the environmental domain. This interdisciplinary research program combines scholarship and photographic practice. It leverages his extensive water research and teaching expertise, and builds on his decades of experience as a photographer and photographic print maker. He is now recruiting graduate students for this new program.