In 2013 Robbie was given the opportunity to intern for an international disability rights group in Mexico. Having witnessed first hand the shocking conditions many people with disabilities are forced to live in, she decided to become an active part of the solution. So in 2014 she and her friends co-founded The Lucy Foundation.
Robbie, who lives with a disability herself, is particularly passionate about developing more inclusive, safer and peaceful communities through sustainable and collaborative initiatives. She is working on her PhD at the University of Otago National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her research is focused on the experiences of people with disabilities during conflict and displacement. Robbie is a member of the expert reference group advising the New Zealand Government on the 2016-2026 Disability Strategy.