As a PhD student in Strand 3 of the MEITS project, Robbie is examining the linguistic and sociolinguistic influence RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta has had on native Irish speakers in the Gaeltacht. Since its foundation in 1972, RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta has done much to champion and consolidate regional dialects of Irish and has given a sense of pride and confidence to native Irish speakers in using their language.
Robbie holds a BA and MA in Celtic languages and literature from Queen's University, Belfast as well as a postgraduate qualification in Law. He worked as a research associate on the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project from 1987 until 1995. He worked as Curator of Musicology at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum from 1995 until 2007 and was Head of Folklife in the same organisation until 2017. He was also acting Head of Emigration at the Ulster American Folk Park from 2014 until 2017.