As President of the Island Institute, Rob is responsible for working with island and coastal leaders, in Maine and around the world, to identify innovative approaches to community sustainability. He also works with staff across all programmatic and strategic priority areas to help the Institute identify and address emerging challenges faced by these communities and exchange ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities here and elsewhere.
With a background and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, Rob’s research and writing focus on community economic development and the cultural politics of natural resource management. He has conducted research on these topics in Maine, the Rocky Mountain states, Costa Rica, and China.
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