Associate Professor Rob Nicholls
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Rob Nicholls

BSc(Hons) Birmingham



Business School
School of Management and Governance

I am an associate professor in regulation and governance at the UNSW Business School and a visiting professional fellow at UTS Sydney Law. My research interests focus on competition policy, the regulation of networked industries and the financial services sector with an emphasis on the effects of technology in the regulatory space.

I have had a thirty-year career concentrating on competition, regulation and governance. My first degree was in electronics and communications engineering from the University of Birmingham and I was awarded my PhD and MA by UNSW Sydney.

Before moving to academia, I worked for Webb Henderson, the ACCC and spent twelve years as a client-facing consultant at Gilbert + Tobin, including as a partner. I am an accredited mediator and from 2012 to 2020 was Australia’s Independent Telecommunications Adjudicator.

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My primary area of work is in the intersection of regulation and technology. In that space, my focus is on competition, financial services regulation and the regulation of networked industries. My research outputs are directed toward policy change.

  • ​​Senior Member: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Member of the International Telecommunications Society
  • Associate member of the American Bar Association
  • Practitioner member of Resolution Institute​