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Robert Sturrock (Policy Director)


Rob Sturrock is based in CPD’s Sydney office.  Rob has professional experience across public policy, consultancy and law and expertise in international relations.

He is Director of the Effective Government Program. 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.


CPD report:
Grand Alibis: how declining public sector capability affects services for the disadvantaged – co-author


CPD report:
The Longest Conflict: Australia’s Climate Security Challenge – lead author


CPD report:
Uneven Playing Field: The State of Australia’s Schools – editor


CPD report:
Losing the Game: State of Australia’s schools in 2017 – editor


Keynote speech to the Third Population Health Congress, September 2015