Dr Linda Robson

Started at UWA: 2014

Exploring urban settlement on a global scale

Climate change, mass urbanisation and systemic inequality are defining issues of the twenty-first century; we need well trained strategic thinkers to address these challenges. Dr Linda Robson, Lecturer

Dr Linda Robson is a lecturer and researcher of geography and urban and regional planning in the Department of Geography and Planning. Her research interests include human settlements, both current trends and historic evolution, and she enjoys understanding how and why societies and settlements work. She teaches, researches and writes about urban settlement and the training of urban planners. 

As a child, Dr Robson was fascinated when driving across Southern Africa on family holidays as to why towns developed where they did, how they functioned, who lived there and why. This led her to study Town and Regional Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and later to becoming a lecturer there as well. She has since lived, studied and worked all over the globe, including in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia.

She is currently working on developing teaching materials for three new courses: The Fundamentals of Planning, Sustainable Urbanisation and a second-year field trip.  


  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Town and Regional Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Master of Science in Town and Regional Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 
  • PhD , University of Pretoria 

The University of Western Australia Faculty Teaching Award, 2018

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The University of Western Australia Faculty Teaching Awards, 2015, 2019, 2020

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Guild Teaching Award, 2015

Guild Teaching Award, 2020

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International Commendation for Research Excellence (Royal Town Planning Institute), 2019



“If you spark an interest and enthusiasm in the field of study for the students, you have achieved the most important thing a teacher can. After that it is a question of guiding them through a field of knowledge.”Dr Linda Robson


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