Robin Bronen, PhD, JD
Executive Director
Alaska Institute for Justice
Senior Research Scientist
University of Alaska, Fairbanks Institute of Arctic Biology

Robin Bronen is a human rights attorney and has been researching the climate-induced relocation of Alaska Native communities since 2007. She received her PhD in December 2012 from the Resilience and Adaptation Program at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and her JD from the University of California at Davis.

Dr. Bronen is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Institute of Arctic Biology. She also serves as Executive Director of the Alaska Institute for Justice (AIJ). AIJ is a nonprofit organization and is the only immigration legal service provider in the entire state of Alaska. AIJ’s organizational structure includes a language interpreter center, a research and policy institute that focuses on climate justice issues, and the provision of training to bilingual Alaskans to serve as professional interpreters. AIJ was the 2012 recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Service award by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Dr. Bronen was the 2007 recipient of the Robert Hickerson Public Service award by the Alaska Bar Association; the 2012 recipient of the International Human Rights award; and the 2012 recipient of the Advancing the Rights of Women award by Soroptomost International. She provides subject-matter expertise to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees on climate-induced planned relocations. She is a member of an advisory group for the Nansen Initiative. This state-led, bottom-up consultative process aims to build consensus on the development of a protection agenda to address the needs of persons who are displaced by natural hazards, including the effects of climate change.

Dr. Bronen’s research has been featured on CNN and in several publications, including The Guardian, ClimateWire and Nature Magazine. The numerous articles she has authored have been published by Brookings Institution, The Guardian, New York University Law Review and the National Academy of Sciences. She has served as an expert witness for Congressional hearings that focused on community relocations. She regularly presents her research at conferences that address climate change adaptation, disaster relief reduction, and climate change in the context of population displacement. She is a current resident of Alaska.