Dr Rob Nicholls

PhD, MA, BSc(Hons)

Dr. Rob Nicholls

Dr Rob Nicholls is an associate professor in regulation and governance at the UNSW Business School and a visiting professional fellow at UTS Sydney Law. His research interests focus on competition law, the regulation of networked and platform industries with an emphasis on the effects of technology in the regulatory space.

Rob has had a thirty-year career concentrating on competition, regulation and governance. His first degree was in electronics and communications engineering from the University of Birmingham and he was awarded his PhD and MA by UNSW Sydney. Before moving to academia, he worked for Webb Henderson, the ACCC and spent twelve years as a client-facing consultant at Gilbert + Tobin, including as a partner. Rob is an accredited mediator and from 2012 to 2020 was Australia’s Independent Telecommunications Adjudicator.

Speaking Engagements

  • Rob is a regular presenter at conferences and workshops on competition law matters


  • ABA
  • Resolution Institute
  • Senior Member of IEEE
Areas of expertise
Competition Law
Regulation of Networked Industry
Energy Regulation
Academic Qualifications
BSc (Hons), MA, PhD
Professional Organisation
UNSW Business School
Associate Professor
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