Robin is Professor of Screen Media and Director of the Institute for Creative Industries and founding director of Screen Academy Scotland (a Creative Skillset Film Academy) at Edinburgh Napier University. He established and leads ENGAGE, a multi-national development programme for writers, producers and directors supported by the EU MEDIA programme since 2008. He is a board member of both Creative Scotland and Creative Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).
Robin has produced a wide range of documentary, current affairs and drama for the BBC, Channel 4 and international broadcasters, receiving a UK BAFTA nomination in 1996 for his first drama production and a Scottish BAFTA nomination for best documentary in 2004. He was formerly development Executive at Scottish Screen (1999-2002) where he was responsible for feature film development and Executive Producer of the This Scotland documentary series in partnership with Scottish Television.
His research interests include film industries in small countries, radical cinema and the role of the creative producer.