AsPr Robert Styles

Deputy Director (Strategic Engagement), Australia Pacific Security College, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Social And Community Psychology 170113
  • Industrial And Organisational Psychology 170107
  • Philosophy Of Language 220313
  • Language In Culture And Society (Sociolinguistics) 200405
  • Social Change 160805

Research interests

A/Prof Robert Styles is an academic at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. As a Contextual Behavioural Scientist, his applied work has been a study of how language and cognition functions to influence psychological and social wellbeing, particularly the enhancement of team and institutional productivity, collaboration and performance. The ongoing application of Robert’s research is at the operational nexus of a number of different disciplines including applied behavioural psychology, organisational and cultural sociology, evolutionary science, and systems engineering. This work has been undertaken in Australia, SW Asia, Africa and most recently in the Pacific, within corporations, public-sector agencies and communities striving to improve strategic and behavioural approaches to human capital development. Particular areas of impact include climate, environment, human, and national security realised through individual and collective endeavours.

Presently, A/Prof Robert Styles is the Deputy Director (Strategic Engagement), ANU Australia Pacific Security College (PSC). In this role he advises and consults into the Pacific in order to advance the security agenda of the Region and enhance critical thinking about national security pressures and facilitate initiatives in response to the expanded security areas prioritised by the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Leaders in the 2018 Boe Declaration on Regional Security.


Over the last decade, Dr Styles has advised and mentored over 300 top executives and leaders, and consulted to a range of clients. Australian clientele include: Dept. of Finance, Australian Federal Police, National Museum of Australian Democracy, Australian Public Service Commission, Australian National University, Dept. of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Dept. of Immigration and Border Protection, FAHCSIA, NLA, NAA, AIATSIS, NGA, AWM, NFSA, DEWHA, Yamatiji Native Title Body, Sydney Catchment Authority, NSW Health, Saks Institute, Australian Parliament House and ICU Canberra Hospital. Regional government departments and NGO’s include: Governments of seven South Asian Nations and twelve African Nation States, Bhutan Electricity Authority, Bhutan Ministry of Health, Bhutanese Government, China Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technology University, Executive MBA Singapore, China Ministry of Education, China Scholarship Council, Rhodes University, Ho Chi Minh City Council, Ho Chi Minh Academy of Political Leadership, Brunei Ministry of Finance, PNG National Agriculture Research Institute, PNG Department of Primary Industries & Marine Resources Autonomous Bougainville Government, The Pacific Community, Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police, PNG National Fisheries Authority, PNG Science and Technology Secretariat, Mauritian Civil Service.

Between 2008 and 2012 Dr Styles was a principal leadership consultant for the APSC-DFAT Leading Australia‘s Future in Asia-Pacific (LAFIA) SES training program; he led the design of the SES leadership development suite of programs implemented by the APSC from 2011-12; and, designed, lead and researched the impact of an approach to applied behavioural psychology with systems engineering within the Museum of Australian Democracy and Australian Government Department of Finance between 2014 to 2017.

Projects and Grants

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