Robert Lemon is a cultural and urban geographer with a passion for landscape studies. As an urban geographer and environmental designer, he has studied extensively the social practices and built transformations of cities through their aesthetic representation. But it is his love for the visual arts, and innovative design processes that motivates his work.
Robert examines everyday rhythms of life as they are tied to the representations of landscape. He uses qualitative methods to investigate the ways in which people experience space, place and landscape. He then works back to socioeconomic and political geographic theory to elucidate the power dimensions that are often circulated and concealed in a given landscape. His focus is on Latino socio-spatial practices and foodways.
Additionally, Robert finds education essential to a democratic society. He believes that the general public could be better informed, as well as entertained, through the visual arts than through academic journals. Thus Robert also focuses on elucidating critical geographic concepts of space and place through visual story telling.
Robert holds a masters in city and regional planning from the Ohio State University, a masters in landscape architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a PhD in geography at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a former lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley in landscape architecture.