Derek joined the Department in 2012 with interests that lie at the center of land use, land management, and the carbon cycle. He uses agent-based modelling as an approach to integrate GIS, ecological, and human decision-making models to evaluate socio-economic contexts and policy scenarios on changes to land use and land cover, ecological function and the provision of ecosystem services, and human well-being.
For more information, visit Derek Robinson's personal website.
Key Areas of Graduate Supervision
Land-use and land-cover change, land-management and the carbon cycle, land grabs, land policy, agent-based modelling and geographical information systems.
Recent Courses Taught
GEOG/PLAN 318: Spatial Analysis
GEOG/PLAN 381: Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GEOG/PLAN 481: Geographical Information Systems Project
GEMCC 630: Land Use and the Carbon Cycle (new)
My research involves building representations (i.e., models) of natural and human systems to estimate the impacts of land change scenarios and land-use policies on ecosystem function, human well-being, and sustainable livelihoods. I typically use agent-based approaches to integrate GIS, ecological, and human decision-making models (with a range of different types of data) to answer research questions at the intersection of these fields of research
- 2013. Agrawal, A., Brown, D.G., Rao, G., Riolo, R., Robinson, D.T., and M. Bommarito. Interactions between Organizations and Networks in Common-Pool Resource Governance, Environmental Science & Policy
- 2013. Robinson, D.T., Shipeng, S., Hutchins, M., Riolo, R.L., Brown, D.G., Parker, D.C., Currie, W.S., Filatova, T., and S. Kiger. Effects of land markets and land management on ecosystem function: A framework for modelling exurban land-changes. Environmental Modelling and Software. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2012.06.016 (available online)
- 2013. Luus, N., Robinson, D.T. and P.J. Deadman. Representing environmental processes in agent-based models of land use and cover change using ecological model approaches. Journal of Land Use Science.
- 2012. Robinson, D.T., Murray-Rust, D., Rieser, V., Melicic, V., and M. Rounsevell. Modelling the impacts of land system dynamics on human well-being: using an agent-based approach to cope with data limitations in Koper, Slovenia. Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems 36(2): 164-176. DOI:10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2011.10.002
- 2012. Rounsevell, M., Robinson, D.T. and D. Murray-Rust. From actors to agents in socio-ecological systems models. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 367: 259-269. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2011.0187
- 2012. Robinson, D.T., Land-cover fragmentation and configuration of ownership parcels in an exurban landscape. Urban Ecosystems. 15: 53-69. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-011-0205-4
- 2009. Robinson, D.T. and D.G. Brown, Evaluating the effects of land-use development policies on ex-urban forest cover: an integrated agent-based GIS approach. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 23(9): 1211-1232.
- 2009. Robinson. D.T., Brown, D.G., and W.S. Currie. Modelling carbon storage in highly fragmented and human dominated landscapes: linking land-cover patterns and ecosystem models. Ecological Modelling 220: 1325-1338.
- 2009. Zellner M.L., Page S.E., Rand W., Brown D.G., Robinson D.T., Nassauer J., and B. Low. The emergence of zoning policy games in exurban jurisdictions. Land Use Policy 26: 356-367.