Robinson’s research and teaching focus on the management of public service organizations as they cope with various forms of disasters or extreme events. He teaches classes on grant writing and project management for charities and disaster politics – as well as more general courses on managing public service organizations. His research has focused on disaster planning and response. In particular, he has recently completed a National Science Foundation research project on the managing mass evacuations and integrating charities into evacuation support. His current projects include better models for vulnerability to tornadoes and public trust in government organizations – especially those that seek to provide advice on public safety issues.