Robin Cox

Director, RbD Innovation Lab

Robin Cox is the Director of the ResiliencebyDesign (RbD) Innovation Lab, which houses the Adaptation Learning Network: Inspiring Climate Action project and other research projects related to climate change and disasters, and a Professor in the Disaster and Emergency Management Master of Arts program at Royal Roads University. 

Robin leads multiple action research and educational initiatives that focus on understanding and enhancing the capacity of youth and adults to address the complex and intersecting challenges of climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Her work combines creative process, design thinking, education, training, and storytelling as tools for igniting and sustaining resilience, action, and meaningful engagement. Robin has a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the BC Institute of Technology, and a professional background in film production and theatre.

Robin first engaged with disasters as a psychosocial responder, authoring the psychosocial annex to Canada’s Pandemic plan and helping to establish the BC Disaster Psychosocial Services Program. Robin was part of a team of Canadian responders to New York following the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, and she has responded to several major, climate-exacerbated disaster events in Western Canada including the McLure and Okanagan Park wildfires in BC (2003); the Slave Lake wildfires (2011); the southern Alberta floods (2013), and the Horse River Wildfire in Fort McMurray/Wood Buffalo (2016).