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Professor Robert Tanton has a PhD in Economics from the University of Canberra, and has been at 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.

Robert has published extensively in the academic literature on spatial disadvantage and social exclusion, and has presented results of his work to a number of national and international conferences. He has also presented results from his research on spatial housing stress to the Senate Select Committee on Housing Affordability. He has been a Chief Investigator on a number of Australian Research Council grants, and has conducted commissioned work for a number of agencies including the Tasmanian Social Inclusion Unit; the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; the AMP; Commonwealth Bank; and Veda.

Robert is involved in the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN), and is on the academic sub-committee of this group.

 

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PhD

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Projects 2006 2026

Research Output 2006 2017

An institutional perspective on programme integration

PEARSON, L., NORMAN, B., O'Brien, P. & TANTON, R. 2017 In : Policy Studies.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

resources
incentive
examination
communication
evidence
1 Citations

An online platform for conducting spatial statistical analyses of national census data across Australia

Pettit, C., TANTON, R. & Hunter, J. May 2017 In : Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 63, p. 68-79 12 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

census
infrastructure
urban research
statistical analysis
statistical data

An unconstrained statistical matching algorithm for combining individual and household level geo-specific census and survey data

Namazi-Rad, M-R., TANTON, R., Steel, D. & Das, S. May 2017 In : Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 63, p. 3-14 12 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

census
household
method
population characteristics
economics
drought
basin
city
principal component analysis
methodology

Geographic differences in subjective wellbeing among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian adolescents and Adults

Tomyn, A., Mellor, D., Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M., Cummins, R. & TANTON, R. 2017 In : Journal of Community Psychology. 45, 1, p. 81-99 19 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle