Robinson is principal scientist (spatial analysis) at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). He is also currently strategic research theme 1 leader for the Humidtropics research program. He previously worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization, ILRI, the University of Oxford and the Natural Resources Institute. He has a PhD in spatial modelling of ecological processes from the University of Reading (1991) and an MA in Pure and Applied Biology from the University of Oxford. He has 24 years of post-doctoral experience in spatial analysis, involving residential contracts in Kenya, Zambia and India and extensive travel in Africa and Asia.At FAO, he developed numerous global, livestock sector-related datasets for targeting, impact assessment and a variety of research applications, exploring the social, environmental and health risks associated with an evolving, global livestock sector. This involved research into livestock distribution and abundance; production systems; supply and use of animal-source foods, now and in the future; livestock disease risk; demography; and poverty.