Dr Lisa Robins has been Principal of Robins Consulting since 1998, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer (formerly, Visiting Fellow) at the ANU’s Fenner School since 2009. She has 28 years experience working in natural resource management (NRM) as a researcher, science communicator, facilitator, and program and project manager. Lisa holds a PhD from the ANU (2005–09), and was awarded a MSc in Environmental Change & Management with distinction (1994–95) from Oxford University. In addition to an extensive record of engagement and publishing in Australia, she has worked internationally in the Mekong Region, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and Canada.
Lisa co-edited the fifth volume in the M–POWER series, “Water Governance Dynamics in the Mekong Region” (Blake and Robins 2016). From 2011–14, she worked for ACIAR’s Rice-based Systems Research (RSR) Program: Food Security in Lao PDR, Cambodia and Bangladesh, providing knowledge brokering and program coordination services. She has been engaged by ACIAR for a range of activities. Currently, she is a team member of ACIAR’s project “Improving Community Fire Management and Peatland Restoration in Indonesia” (2017–21). She has written a discussion paper on megatrends in Indonesia (Robins 2017), and contributed to manuscript clinics under DFAT’s Knowledge Sector Initiative (Aug 2016–Feb 2017).
Lisa has worked extensively with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, and was Coordinator of the Dryland Regions (renamed Landscapes & Industries) Strategic Investigations & Education (SI&E) Program from 1998–2004. She was Project Leader (Catchment Team) for the final year of the National Dryland Salinity Program (NDSP) from 2004–05, and Manager, Strategic Planning & Collaborations for the Joint Venture Agroforestry Program (JVAP) from 2008–09.