- applied economics
- bioeconomic modelling
- savings behaviour in China
- the housing market
- defence spending and national debt
- economic growth
Most of Robert's teaching has been in macroeconomics at third and fourth year levels, as well as mathematical economics.
Since joining USC in Summer 2009, Robert has been teaching introductory classes in economics as well as economics for MBA. From 2013, he is also teaching Applied Microeconomics (BUS201) and Applied Macroeconomics (BUS202) as part of USC's new minor in Economics.
He has research interests in a number of areas of applied economics including bio-economic modelling of marine reserves, savings behaviour in China, the housing market, defence spending and national debt, and economic growth.
Robert has also undertaken a range of consultancy projects for private companies, local government agencies and charitable trusts and given expert testimony in the Environment Court.
- 2008 Otago University Students’ Association, Best Teacher Top Ten
- 1995 Teaching Merit Award, University of Tasmania
- 2008 Ray Stone Prize in Oral French (Advanced French 1 and 2),
University of Otago
- 1984 Award in Commerce (Economics), University of Otago
- 1976 Award in Arts (Maths), University of Otago