APLU Honors Three Higher Education Leaders With International Service Award
Colorado State University
Robin Reid is the director of the endowed Center for Collaborative Conservation, a professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, and a senior scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. For the last 27 years, she has led education, research and outreach projects in the drylands of Africa, Asia and North America. Her current work focuses on how to transform international higher education to be more inclusive of under-represented groups and more useful for local problem solving.
“In receiving this award, I represent our talented teams at Colorado State University and our international university partners, as we build new ways to bring the highest quality education to all peoples of the world, especially under-represented students from the world’s remote drylands,” Reid said. “Our main goal is to build the next generation of transformative leaders who can better tackle the accelerating challenges of our world. We will use the momentum of this award to ignite new and stronger opportunities to help student’s build the confidence and skills to build a stronger global society.”
Reid’s research focuses on how collaborative governance at the community level works around the world and its social and ecological outcomes. From 1992-2007, she lived and worked in east Africa, doing research with pastoral peoples, on the social and ecological sustainability of their ecosystems. Her team of researchers and pastoralists won the 2012 Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America, for their paper describing their efforts to make science useful to local communities and policymakers.