Robert is Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the Department of Sociology and a member of the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc).

His research and teaching concern reproduction, sexuality, health, family and gender. He studies how people who, historically, have not been expected to have children – for example, LGBTQ people or people living with HIV – respond to cultural changes and advances in medicine that enable them to become parents. His research also examines moral judgments about public funding allocation in healthcare.

Robert has a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Gender Studies from the University of Leeds, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. Before moving to Cambridge in 2011, he worked for OPM, a London-based independent research organisation, and in the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research at University College London.