Full name

Robert Boyer

Institution / Affiliation

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Short biography

Robert Boyer is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at UNC Charlotte. He earned his PhD in Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. His research is focused on experimentation in the built environment and how grassroots environmental movements influence long-term plans for urban and regional development. He is interested in alternative residential development models like cohousing and ecovillages, and how these community spaces nurture innovation in construction,  transportation, and other material practices. A seasoned performer of improvisational comedy, Boyer has just begun exploring the usefulness of improvisational theater as a metaphor for how plans work as signals in complex urban regions. He is a co-principle investigator with the NSF-funded Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS) and teaches courses in urban planning and urban sustainability.

Expertise (keywords)

Urban Planning, Geography