Landscape Research Journal: Call for Commissioned Review on “Landscapes of Care”

As part of our ongoing series of Commissioned Reviews, the Editorial Team at Landscape Research is now inviting applications for a grant of up to £2,000 to support the production of a peer-reviewed paper that responds to the theme of ‘landscapes of care’.

“Landscapes of care” is a term initially associated with health geography, but which has recently seen a burgeoning of interest across a range of fields (see Milligan 2010). The theme aligns with our goals to enact an ‘ethos of care’ in our own editorial work as well as to think and write with, and through, care. These goals are outlined in our editorials for 2021 and 2022 and have been further supported through journal initiatives to bring about more inclusive research and writing practices (Vicenzotti and Waterton 2021; Waterton et al., 2022). Previous issues of Landscape Research Journal can be accessed by becoming a member of the Landscape Research Group.

Beyond the ways that it can structure and infuse our research practices, we are also interested in the multivalent ways that care entwines with landscapes. Here, “[t]hinking about care”, as Schillmeier and Domènech (2009: 288) have so eloquently argued, necessarily “entails a reflection concerning practices of space”, a point powerfully underscored by the coronavirus pandemic and its associated lockdowns and restrictions of movement. Recent submissions to the journal, for instances, have tackled the built environment and care, urbanism and care, care and wellbeing, environmental care, and gardens and care.

As an editorial team, we have further been uplifted by the ways that the relations of care bind us together in more-than-human relations and allow us to think beyond extractive and exploitative practices. We hope that the scholarship produced through this call will further articulate these connections, help clarify directions for future inquiry, and support care-full landscape research.

The proposed paper should comply with the following:

  1. Provides a comprehensive review of the literature on ‘landscapes of care’;
  2. Helps to further define ‘landscapes of care’ along with an understanding of how care is enacted within the research, maintenance, design, and construction of landscapes;
  3. Critically assesses the strengths and weaknesses of this research area (e.g. in terms of approaches, conceptual frameworks, methodologies and so forth); and
  4. Identifies research gaps and future research directions.

Download full details and the application form here (Word document). 

Timing

Application deadline: 15 July 2022

Decision notification: 5 August 2022

First submission of manuscript: 27 January 2023

Peer review: February-April 2023

Revised manuscript: 28 July 2023