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Professor, Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

Professor Robert Tanton has a PhD in Economics from the University of Canberra, and has been at the National Centre for Economic Modelling, NATSEM, since June 2005.

Robert’s main interest is spatial disadvantage, and he is a recognised Australian and international expert on spatial disadvantage. The research conducted by him covers areas such as spatial housing disadvantage, economic disadvantage (poverty), income inequality and wellbeing. His principal areas of research are spatial disadvantage and wellbeing; spatial statistics and small area estimation; and community wellbeing.

Robert also leads work using a spatial microsimulation technique to derive small area estimates of many indicators of disadvantage and wellbeing. So far, this technique has been used to derive small area estimates of poverty and housing stress; and small area estimates of subjective wellbeing and indigenous disadvantage.


  • –present
    Research Director, NATSEM, University of Canberra


  • 2011 
    University of Canberra, PhD
  • 2004 
    Australian National University, MPhil (Statistics)
  • 1988 
    University of Wollongong, BCom (Hons)