Robert is a systems thinker. Having studied ecology, genetics and evolutionary biology he is skilled in inferring patterns and connections.

From 2009-2011 he led the Futurewatch programme at New Zealand's former Ministry of Research, Science and Technology. So he has a deep understanding of technological and social trends and developments, and foresight techniques.

Subsequently, he has provided strategic advice and insights on emerging issues to NZ government and research organisations. Most recently he helped develop Sport NZ’s 2020+ strategy.

Robert has written extensively on foresight through his blog Ariadne, and comments in the media on futures and foresight issues.