Dr Robert Styles is the Adviser for International Development at the Crawford School of Public Policy housed within the College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP), Australian National University (ANU). The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific leads intellectual engagement with the Asia-Pacific region through research, teaching and contributions to public debate, and seeks to set the international standard for scholarship concerning the region. Crawford School of Public Policy sits within CAP and is the public policy school at the Australian National University. The School’s approach to public policy draws upon disciplinary excellence in the core areas of economics, government, environment and development, and also deep geographical knowledge of Asia and the Pacific, including Australia.
As Adviser, International Development, Dr Styles provides strategic support and advice to the School regarding its national and international engagement activities. He is responsible for identifying key national and international development opportunities for the School, most particularly in Asia, that leverage the multidisciplinary research strengths and existing relationships of the School and realise real-world impact through executive education and research collaboration.
As a Contextual Behavioural Scientist, Dr Styles’ applied work is a study of how language and cognition functions to influence psychological and social wellbeing, particularly the enhancement of team and institutional productivity, collaboration and performance. Through the Crawford School, the ongoing application of his research is at the operational nexus of a number of different disciplines including applied behavioural psychology, organisational and cultural sociology, evolutionary science, and systems engineering. Currently this work is being applied in Australia, SE&W Asia and Africa, within corporations, public-sector agencies and communities striving to improve strategic and behavioural approaches to human capital development. Particular areas of impact include food, water and energy security, gender equity and social inclusion realised through the sustainability of individual and collective endeavours spanning local and regional contexts.
Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia