Who we are

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Founded in England in 1967, The Landscape Research Group is a global community
with a shared interest in landscape, from natural to urban design. 

Our staff, Board of Trustees, members and partners represent a broad range of disciplines: geographers, planners, landscape architects and urban designers, archaeologists and ecologists, to list but a few. This diversity is fundamental to a holistic understanding of landscape – its evolution and its future. 

Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in landscape and the ways we shape, and are shaped by, the places in which we live. 

Incorporated and registered as a charity in 1983, LRG became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in 2021.

For more details on the history of the LRG, have a look at the article “Fifty years of Landscape Research Group” by Steven Shuttleworth, founder member and former Treasurer and Company Secretary of the organisation, written in 2017 to mark the LRG’s 50th anniversary. 

Staff Team

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Arya Aravindakshan

Communications Manager
Manchester, UK


Board of Trustees

Our Trustees are an active and personable group of people, with different backgrounds, interests and expertise.

We welcome expressions of interest for new Trustees at any time. If you’re interested in the work of LRG and helping develop its activities and strategic direction, please do contact our Chair in the first instance.

Elections for new Trustees are held annually.

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Professor Tim Waterman


Professor of Landscape Theory, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK

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Professor Theano S. Terkenli

Vice Chair

Department of Geography

University of the Aegean, Greece

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Professor Hannes Palang

Landscape Research Journal Editor-In-Chief

Centre for Landscape and Culture, Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, Estonia

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Dr. Merham Keleg

Research Coordinator

Lecturer in Urban Design and Planning Department

Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

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Jens Haendeler


Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Manchester School of Architecture, UK

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Professor Ian Mell

Head of Department of Planning & Environmental Management

University of Manchester, UK

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Dr. Amanda Byer

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sutherland School of Law

University College Dublin, Ireland

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Dr. Juliette Desportes

University of Glasgow, Scotland

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Marouen Hedhlie

Architect and Building Information Modelling (BIM) Coordinator


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Professor Karen Jones

Professor of Environmental and Cultural History

University of Kent, UK

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Dr. Gillian Lawson

Associate Professor and Head of School of Landscape Architecture

Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Dr. Mengyixin Li

Associate Professor
Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, China

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Professor Emma Waterton

Heritage for Global Challenges Research Centre, University of York, UK

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Professor Laura Alice Watt

Professor Emerita, Dept of Geography, Environmental and Planning, Sonoma State University, USA
Instructor, University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland