Before coming to AUT in 2003, Professor Rob Allen spent nearly 20 years at the University of Greenwich in London, both as an academic and as a manager leading up academic development and quality enhancement. He gained his PhD from Edinburgh University, and spent several years in Zambia and Nigeria researching African urban development, having first studied social anthropology at Manchester University.
Professor Allen spends his working life balancing a love of social history with overseeing the hierarchies of university management. He is passionate about social history of the late 19th century which saw him help save historic Red House, home to British socialist, poet and designer William Morris. He is currently writing a book: Atrocious Behaviour: Agitation and Indignation in the 1870. In between these two roles, he has 20 academic institutional audits under his belt, in the UK, Europe and New Zealand.