Emeritus Research Fellow

Academic Profile

Dr Tony Lemon is an Emeritus Research Fellow of the School of Geography and the Environment, and has held Visiting Fellowships and Lectureships at several universities in South Africa and Zimbabwe. He regularly visits southern Africa to research, lecture and give conference papers. He was appointed as a Visiting Professor in Department of Politics, Princeton University between February and June 2007.

Tony is the only overseas fellow elected to membership of the Society of South African Geographers and delivered the Serton Memorial Lecture at their biennial meeting in 2003. Tony is an editorial board member for Urban Forum (Transaction Publishers, Rutgers U.). He has evaluated applications for professional promotion in South African and US universities, and regularly evaluates research applications for South Africa's National Research Foundation.

Tony initiated a British Council-funded link between the geography departments of Oxford, Sussex and Rhodes University, South Africa (2002-2005).

Tony's spare-time interests include wine (he runs his college cellar) and, to counter this, walking and squash. He is also a Church of England Lay Minister in the Oxford diocese.

Current Research

Dr Lemon's current research includes:

  • desegregation and resource allocation in post-apartheid education;
  • electoral geography and democratic consolidation in southern Africa;
  • Indian identities in South Africa;
  • Urban ethnic residential segregation / desegregation in South Africa; and
  • Ongoing interests include South African foreign policy, trade relations and regional integration; small states, especially Lesotho and Swaziland.

Selected Research Projects

  • Social geography of secondary school catchment areas in Cape Town
    In collaboration with Dr Jane Battersby (University of Cape Town); Financial support from Oppenheimer Fund; (2005-2009)
  • Democratic Consolidation in Southern Africa
  • Indian minority identity and post-apartheid transformation in South Africa
    Financial support from Oppenheimer Fund; (2002-2006)


Undergraduate Teaching

Dr Lemon taught the 'People, States and Territory' part of the 'Territories, States and Identities' lecture course of the Preliminary Examination. He also taught the option courses 'South and Southern Africa' and 'Political Geography of the European Union' for the Final Honour School. He is the organising tutor for undergraduates at Mansfield, Merton, and Wadham Colleges.

Postgraduate Teaching

Dr Lemon teaches an optional course on 'South Africa: Apartheid, African Politics and the Transition since 1948' for the MSc in African Studies.

Recent Graduate Research Students (since 2006)

Robert Fleming Puckett
Completed DPhil in 2013

The strange case of the landed poor: a decade of continued poverty, community divisions, and frustrated attempts by outsiders to mobilise San Bushman communities to establish long-term livelihoods on their new lands in South Africa

Justin van der Merwe
Completed DPhil in 2013

African attitudes towards South Africa: understanding South Africa's soft power in sub-Saharan Africa

Nadia Abu-Zahra
Completed DPhil in 2008

The role of identity documentation in legal geographies and daily life in Palestine

Dorothy John
Completed DPhil in 2008

Caribbean migration to Britain: economic integration, social assimilation, and beating the political and social odds?

Murray Simpson
Completed DPhil in 2008

The impacts of community benefit tourism on rural livelihoods and poverty reduction.

Lynne Jones
Completed DPhil in 2007

The impact of HIV/AIDS on children in Swaziland: opportunities and constraints for scaling up interventions.

Selected Publications

Publications are those that were listed on the old website. Publications database integration forthcoming.
Other publications