Robert Hortle

Robert Hortle


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Rob is a skilled researcher with a strong record of producing high-quality, impactful qualitative and quantitative analysis. He enjoys the challenge of communicating complex concepts in bold and innovative ways. He is also passionate about social justice and has experience in not-for-profit leadership and management.

Influential work

  • Completed a PhD thesis on wellbeing outcomes in semi-democratic countries, which entailed a combination of fieldwork in the Pacific and statistical analysis
  • Led the Tasmanian branch of Oaktree, Australia’s largest youth- and volunteer-run anti-poverty organisation, which involved managing a team of 15-20 young people, fundraising, delivering high-impact campaigns, and building relationships with state and federal politicians
  • Managed the Hobart Community Street Soccer Programme, providing free weekly football training sessions and welfare support to marginalised people
  • Co-coordinated a special research symposium for the Australian Journal of Political Science on the Australian mining tax debate
  • Co-authored a report on financial inclusion programmes and self-help groups in India for the Oxford Development Consultancy.

Outside of Nous

Prior to joining Nous, Rob completed a Doctor of Philosophy in International Development and a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies, both at the University of Oxford. He has extensive global experience of the academic sector, having worked as a junior dean at St Antony’s College, a teaching assistant at the Oxford Department of International Development, a lecturer at the University of Fiji and a tutor/research assistant at the University of Tasmania.  Rob is a 2014 Rhodes Scholar.

In his spare time...

Rob is a cricket tragic and a keen footballer. He is also often sighted at open mic nights, bashing guitar chords and ‘singing’.