Dr. Roberts has a B.A. in Political Science from Queen's University (1983), an M.Land.Arch. in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia (1999), and a Ph.D. in Mining from the University of British Columbia (2005).
Working in collaboration with Highland Valley Copper Ltd., the focus of his doctoral research was on identifying the dominant factors that influence stakeholder perceptions of the usefulness of closure planning to assist a community in its transition to a post-closure economy. Dr. Roberts is currently working on a project to determine the feasibility of re-mining tailings from an abandoned silver mine in Central Ontario.