Rob was appointed Professor of Organizational Psychology at the School of Management, University of Bath in 2011 and previously worked at Birkbeck College, University of London for 19 years after completing his PhD at the MRC/ESRC Social and Applied Psychology Unit (now the Institute of Work Psychology). His research has focused on several topics including well-being, emotions, stress, ethnicity, the psychological contract, absence from work, motivation, work-nonwork and everyday work behaviour.
Beyond academic research and teaching Rob is passionate about helping practitioners and organizations make better use of evidence, including research evidence, in decision-making as well as encouraging academics to make research more accessible. He has written for and presented to practitioners on many aspects of HR and organizational psychology. He is now involved in many initiatives aimed at developing and promoting Evidence-Based organizational psychology and management. He published some of the first papers on evidence-based organizational psychology and HR in 1998 and has since written many more including a contribution to the Oxford Handbook of Evidence-Based Management and the SIOP journal Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He frequently presents to practitioners and runs training courses on how practitioners can practice in a more evidence-based way through searching for, collecting and critically analysing evidence directly relevant to organizational problems and decisions. He is also a founding member, Scientific Director and on the Academic Board of the Center for Evidence-Based Management (http://www.cebma.org/). In 2015 he was named Second Most Influential Thinker by HR Magazine.