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Professor Kenneth R Olwig

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Kenneth R. Olwig is a New York-born, naturalized Dane, who divides his time between a flat in central Copenhagen, a cottage in Vester Bøgebjerg and a flat in Ermoupolis, on Syros, in the Cyclades.  

He is a Nordic philologist and landscape geographer, specialising in the study of the landscapes of Norden, Europe, Britain, the USA and the West Indies. He is best known for his work on landscape justice, and for advocating a “substantive” understanding landscape, one that incorporates legal and other lived significances of landscape, rather than viewing it in a more purely aesthetic, scenic way.

His writings include The Meanings of Landscape: Essays on Place, Space, Nature and Justice (2019), Landscape, Nature and the Body Politic: From Britain’s Renaissance to America’s New World (2002) and Nature’s Ideological Landscape (1984).

Olwig is an (active) emeritus professor of landscape planning and theory at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp, Sweden, where he joined the faculty in 2002 following upon a career with teaching and research positions in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the USA

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