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Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures/Professor of Sustainability in Higher Education, Keele University

Zoe Robinson is a Professor of Sustainability in Higher Education and University Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at Keele University, UK where she also held the role of University Director of Education for Sustainability for 10 years with responsibility for embedding sustainability across the curriculum and student experience. Zoe started out her career researching the impact on groundwater systems of glacier retreat. Zoe is a researcher, educator and practitioner in the field of sustainability science with a background in sustainability, climate change and the energy transition including hydrogen and smart local energy systems. In recognition of her work in education for sustainability, Zoe was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2012, is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and was shortlisted in the ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ category of the Times Higher Education Award in 2019. Zoe has worked in an advisory capacity on education for sustainability for a number of national organisations and is a Trustee of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges. Zoe currently chairs the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Climate Commission, bringing together leaders in organisations from different sectors across the region to collaborate on tackling the climate and ecological emergency


  • –present
    Reader in Physical Geography and Sustainability/Director of Education for Sustainability, Keele University


  • 2003 
    Keele University, Earth Sciences