Robert’ Shepherd's research spans public management and governmental reform, Indigenous public management, ethics, and policy and program evaluation. He is interested in how public accountability and oversight systems intersects to improve overall public management and governance systems. In addition, his research extends to understanding how governmental program evaluation functions can improve public policy and decision-making. Improving ethics in government also contributes to governmental legitimacy and democracy.
He currently serves as Supervisor of the Diploma in Public Policy & Program Evaluation, giving various courses in program evaluation, ethics, intergovernmental relations, and advanced public management.