PhD, Sustainability, Arizona State University - 2020
MS, Community Resources and Development - Sustainable Communities, Arizona State University - 2016
MEd, Secondary Science Education, The Ohio State University - 2008
BS, Physics and Astronomy, The Ohio State University - 2007
Robert is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Urban Studies Institute. Robert is an urban sustainability scientist and knowledge architect who researches and implements strategies to build more inclusive, equitable, and resilient cities given today’s rapidly changing environmental conditions.
Robert’s research centers around redesigning and creating new knowledge systems – the routines and practices used by institutions to create, review, share, and use knowledge – to guide urban resilience decision-making. Knowledge co-production is one type of knowledge innovation that Robert focuses on due to the inclusion of diverse groups and knowledges in cities. It is a means to potentially make our knowledge systems more inclusive and the outcomes of resilience efforts more equitable. Robert’s work brings together diverse urban stakeholders to co-design new knowledge systems as well as co-create future visions of more equitable and resilient cities. Robert also helps city leaders build the anticipatory and transformative capacities needed to realize these desirable futures.
Robert has regional expertise in major cities across the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean – particularly in Miami, New York City, Phoenix, Atlanta, San Juan (Puerto Rico), and Hermosillo (Mexico).
Prior to his scholarly career as an urban sustainability scientist, Robert was a K-12 educator. In 2010, he was awarded the Arizona Teacher of the Year award at the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation by the Arizona Technology Council and former Governor Jan Brewer.
Hobbins, R. (2020). Knowledge system innovation for resilient coastal cities. [Doctoral dissertation, Arizona State University]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.
Hobbins, R., Muñoz-Erickson, T., & Miller, C. (2021). Producing and communicating flood risk: A knowledge system analysis of FEMA flood maps in New York City. In Z. Hamstead, M. Berbés-Blázquez, E. Cook, D. Iwaniec, T. McPhearson, & T. A. Muñoz-Erickson (Eds.), Resilient Urban Futures. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-63131-4
Muñoz-Erickson, T., Selkirk, K., Hobbins, R., Miller, C., Feagan, M., Iwaniec, D., Miller, T., & Cook, E. (2021). Anticipatory resilience: Bringing back the future into urban planning and knowledge systems. In Z. Hamstead, M. Berbés-Blázquez, E. Cook, D. Iwaniec, T. McPhearson, & T. A. Muñoz-Erickson (Eds.), Resilient Urban Futures. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-63131-4
Feagan, M., Matsler, M., Meerow, S., Muñoz-Erickson, T., Hobbins, R., Gim, C., Miller, C. (2019). Redesigning knowledge systems for urban resilience. Environmental Science and Policy, 101, 358-363. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2019.07.014
Rosenzweig, B., Ruddell, B., McPhillips, L., Hobbins, R., McPhearson, T., Cheng, Z., Chang, H., Kim, (2019). Developing knowledge systems for urban resilience to cloudburst rain events. Environmental Science and Policy, 99, 150-159. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2019.05.020