Rob Sturrock has professional experience across public policy, consultancy and law and expertise in international relations.
He was Director of the Effective Government Program until January 2018. As part of this program, he co-authored CPD’s major national report on human services in 2015, Grand Alibis: how declining public sector capability affects services for the disadvantaged. Rob also shared the report findings with the Key Government in 2016 and continues to examine smarter service design and delivery by government.
Rob is also a thought leader on the national security implications of climate change. He was lead author of The Longest Conflict: Australia’s Climate Security Challenge, which showed that Australia was largely ignoring climate security threats.
Rob writes regularly for mainstream media like Fairfax and the Huffington Post, as well as policy-specific blogs. He has also written in a personal capacity for Mamamia on fatherhood.
He has worked for KPMG, Minter Ellison and the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. He holds a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and an Arts/Law degree from Sydney University.
Rob is married with a daughter, a mad Sydney Swans supporter and a big nerd for Marvel and DC movies.
Grand Alibis: how declining public sector capability affects services for the disadvantaged – co-author
The Longest Conflict: Australia’s Climate Security Challenge – lead author
Uneven Playing Field: The State of Australia’s Schools – editor
Losing the Game: State of Australia’s schools in 2017 – editor
13 June 2017 | A New Climate for Peace
Australia should lead, not sleep walk, on climate security in the Indo-Pacific
10 December 2015 | The Strategists
Deepening Australia’s regional relationships through climate security
16 September 2015 | Huffington Post
Weakness and crisis lie at the heart of Australian politics
14 August 2015 | The Sydney Morning Herald
Too little too late: Australia still missing from serious climate debate
22 June 2015 | The Sydney Morning Herald
Australia’s peace threatened by climate change