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.