Robert Boyer is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Earth Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He obtained his B.A. in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and his M.U.P. in Urban Planning and Ph.D. in Regional Planning from the University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign.
As a professor he teaches courses in Urban Planning, Western Culture and Sustainability. His research interests focus on three general streams. First, how and why local actors decide to adopt plans for global climate mitigation. Second, why some grassroots environmental projects are able to influence urban development practice while others are not, and lastly, what motivates students to major in urban and regional planning.