Robert’s research focuses on how Arctic and northern communities can manage development in the face of climate change and exercise their agency to make decisions involving the environment and the economy. This encompasses resource economics, infrastructure, and governance systems. Current research includes methods Arctic polities can ensure that local development primarily benefits local communities, such as through benefit sharing agreements and sovereign wealth funds.
Before beginning PhD studies, Robert worked as a consultant analyzing the economic impact of infrastructure and public services. Robert has worked on a variety of Arctic issues at think-tanks in Washington, DC, and he earned his MA in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).