Dr. Stephen Robinson is a British-born, Canadian-trained geographer and geoscientist with degrees from the University of Waterloo, Queen's University, and a PhD. from McGill University in Montreal. Dr. Robinson was a scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada from 1998-2001 and taught at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, from 2001-2008, where he was the Chapin Associate Professor of Geology, specializing in Quaternary geology (dirt, ice, and peat), hydrology, and climatology. He has led student groups on academic trips to study environmental issues in China, glaciers in Alaska, wetlands in northern Canada, and cultural history in England. He was the director of St. Lawrence's London program in 2007-08, and has been with Champlain College Dublin as director of the Dublin campus since August 2008. He is a co-founder and member of the board of the Association of Study Abroad Providers in Ireland (ASAPI) and co-founder and Chair of the European Association of Study Abroad (EUASA), and is former Board Chair for the Irish Council of International Students (ICOS).
He believes that all students should take advantage of studying abroad to expand their horizons, experience immersion in a different culture and academic setting, understand a bit more about the world around them, and meet new people. His interests include traveling, hockey, auto racing, and reading non-fiction books on history, travel, and culture. He lives just outside Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland with wife Catherine and young son Greyson.
Invited Webinar Panelist - International Education in the Covid-19 Era - Forum on Education Abroad.
Workshop Co-Leader - Resident Directors & On-Site Staff: Transatlantic relationships and maintaining faith in the field. Forum on Education Abroad, 4th European Conference, Prague, Czech Republic
Conference Presentation - Introducing EUASA, A Pan-European Organization: How Can We Create a Barrier-Free Zone for Study Abroad in Europe? Forum on Education Abroad, 3rd European Conference, Athens, Greece
Roe, G., with Robinson, S.D., Dowling, K., and Reynolds L., 2018. Understanding US Study Abroad in Ireland: Economic Impact and Future Possibilities. Report commissioned by Education in Ireland and the Association of Study Abroad Providers in Ireland (ASAPI). Summary Report (32 Pages) and Main Report (100 pages).
Gallego-Sala, A., and 74 others, including Robinson, S.D. 2018. Latitudinal limits to the predicted increase of the peatland carbon sink with warming. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0271-1. Nature Climate Change, vol. 8, p. 907-913.
Loisel, J. and 32 others, including Robinson, S.D., 2014. A database and synthesis of northern peatland soil properties and Holocene carbon and nitrogen accumulation. The Holocene, 24(9), p. 1028-1042.
Robinson, S.D., Erickson, C., and Langan, T., in press. Carbon Footprints and Carbon Offsetting of Education Abroad Air Travel. Chapter in Sustainability in Education Abroad. Forthcoming book from The Forum on Education Abroad.
Robinson, S.D., in press. Working with Students On-Site. Chapter in NAFSA's Guide to Education Abroad, 5th Edition. Forthcoming book from NAFSA.
Robinson, S.D. (lead author), 2020. Resident Directors in Europe: Our Community, Our Contributions, and Our Challenges. Report of the European Association of Study Abroad (EUASA), available here.
"I often say that I have the best and most rewarding position at Champlain. I get to show students all about a country that I love and work with them towards a rewarding, adventurous, safe, maturing, and academically rigorous semester in Ireland. I wouldn't change it for the world."