Dr Rob Imre has an interdisciplinary background in a number of academic fields. Connecting his research is a concern with the manner in which people interact with their governments. This includes studies and research in to diverse areas such as terrorist movements, comparative education systems, the use of social media by governments both in election campaigns and in policy controversies. He also has a focus on contemporary regime change and the ways in which governments decline and shift, and the ways in which active protests facilitate that change. His past research includes work on right-wing radicalism in Central Europe, and de-radicalisation initiatives in Malaysia. He has been an invited speaker at the ANU, the University of Szeged, Ruhr University in Bochum, and the University of Regensburg. He has just completed a pilot project measuring the response rates of political representatives via social media tools in 14 different countries. Dr Imre completed his Bachelor's (Honours) Political Studies at Queen's University in Canada, a Master's in Political Science at the University of Victoria, in Canada, and his PhD at the University of Queensland.
In 2014 Dr Imre was on a Faculty Exchange [with Professor Stephan Bierling] to the University of Regensburg while also a visiting research fellow at the Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung in Regensburg.
In 2015 Dr Imre was a Visiting Fellow to the Space and Political Agency Research Group (SPARG) at the School of Management in the University of Tampere.
Dr Imre's current position came about a result of a senior research fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Social Research in Tampere, Finland. He was subsequently hired as a Senior Research Fellow at the Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI).