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Integrating local landscape management in a globalised world: practices and pathways

Photo by Jorgen Primdahl; Cover design Cambridge University Press

Globalisation means that decisions and practices in particular landscapes become relatively less related to local contexts, and the relationships between local landscape management practices and policy and market processes and decisions occurring at other scales can become disjointed and asymmetrical. This creates a need for new forms of governance, policy and management practices. This long term project investigates and evaluates different pathways to improved landscape sustainability. It includes consideration of farmers, communities and businesses as landscape agents and involves comparative studies and collaboration across several OECD countries.

Key Contacts:  Simon Swaffield,  Jorgen Primdahl

Promoting Green Infrastructure in production landscape

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Non-productive vegetation, particularly woody vegetation, in rural landscapes provide multiple private and public ecosystem services to communities. However, within many intensively developed production landscapes it is small in area, fragmented and degraded. This research focuses on the woody vegetation of neoliberal production landscapes to evaluate and testing policies, programs, designs and management regimes in support of non-production vegetation in support of resilient and sustainable multi-functional production landscapes. 

Key Contacts: Wendy McWilliam, Henrik Möller, Colin Meurk  

Investigating transitional Community-Initiated Open Spaces (CIOS) and their role in developing more resilient urban landscapes.

Photo: Andreas Wesener

Temporary or transitional uses of urban spaces are generally not foreseen in urban planning and design and have been connected to urban disturbances and disorder. However, rather than substituting permanent forms of urban development they might help reveal, elicit or test alternative urban design processes and products. The research topic investigates defining characteristics and benefits of transitional Community-Initiated Open Spaces (CIOS) including social, economic, cultural, microclimatic and experiential qualities and functions, social networks that initiate and support them, and the role they could play in developing more resilient urban landscapes.

Key contacts: Andreas Wesener, Roy Montgomery, Silvia Tavares    

Exploring the grey and the green: How to effectively design, implement and manage healthy and complementary grey and green infrastructure functions in urban landscapes?

Both green and grey infrastructure perform crucial services for cities. There is growing recognition internationally of the benefits from planning green infrastructure in support of healthier and ecologically viable cities, while at the same time incorporating vital grey infrastructure, such as storm water management and transport infrastructures that improve public transit systems, bike and pedestrian ways to reduce urban sprawl, car dependency and carbon emissions. These infrastructures commonly occupy similar locations in the urban landscape and can be viewed as potentially complementary or conflicting. The research topic investigates and evaluates design, implementation and management approaches to combined grey and green infrastructure functions.

Key contacts: Wendy McWilliam, Robert Brown, Colin Meurk, Andreas Wesener; Simon Swaffield 

Advancing methodologies for evidence-based design, planning and management

Landscape architecture is transitioning from a scholarly profession to a practice based discipline. This requires innovative methodologies that can generate transferrable knowledge from case based practice to provide an evidential basis for proposed interventions in landscape systems. This topic develops frameworks, methodologies and techniques for practice focused research in design, planning and management from project inception to monitoring.

Key Contacts: Wendy McWilliam, Simon Swaffield, Andreas Wesener 


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