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About Robert Clark

Associate Professor Robert Clark started his career in Statistics with an Honours Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Queensland in 1990. This was supported by an
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) cadetship. Robert was then employed by the ABS
Methodology Division in Canberra, where he worked for the next 14 years as an applied
statistician, manager, trainer, and statistical consultant. One highlight was managing a
redesign of the ABS household sample design framework in 1996 including personally
conducting research into the optimization of cluster sizes. Robert was awarded the Ken
Foreman Award in 1996 for outstanding achievement and potential of a young methodologist.
This award included travel to other government statistical offices in North America,
giving an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches and ideas
in official statistics. A recent exciting role was the management of a section of 15
staff providing methodological leadership to ABS business surveys. While working at the
ABS, Robert completed a Master in Statistics degree part-time at the Australian National
University (awarded 1995). More recently, he completed a Ph.D. in Statistics at the
University of Wollongong, including a one-year exchange at the University of Southampton.
Robert's thesis on Sample Design and Estimation for Household Surveys was supervised
by Professor David Steel and also benefited from advice from Professors Ray Chambers and
Chris Skinner. Robert took up a position at the University of Wollongong in 2004. He is
currently an Associate Professor in the Centre for Statistical and Survey Methodology,
which is located in the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics
Associate Professor Robert Clark researches methods in survey sample design and analysis, environmental and ecological sampling and analysis, and multilevel and spatial modelling. His professional roles and awards include:
Ask the Expert” Column Editor, International Association of Survey Statisticians Newsletter 2010 -
Associate Editor, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (an ARC tier A journal) 2010-2013
Associate Editor, Journal of Official Statistics 2002-2009.
Associate Editor (Applications), Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics 2003-2009
Accredited Statistician (Statistical Society of Australia Inc - SSAI) since 2004
Chair, Surveys and Management Section of the SSAI 2002 -2004
American Statistical Association Herriot Student Travel Award 2002
Ken Foreman Award for outstanding achievement and potential of a young methodologist at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (inaugural recipient, 1996)
Field of Study: Survey sampling, sample design, sampling rare populations, analysis of
complex survey data, spatial statistics


Present Associate Professor, School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics, University of Wollongong
Present Deputy Director, Centre for Statistical and Survey Methodology, University of Wollongong

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Phone: 02 4421 4845
Location: 15.G38

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