LRG Research Fund 2021: Call for applications

This call for the 2021 Research Fund is now closed.

The Landscape Research Group (LRG) is pleased to announce our 2021 Research Fund. The 50th Anniversary Research Fund was created in 2017, and it is our plan to continue with an annual Research Fund to support a small number of high-quality projects which align strongly with LRG’s current strategic priorities, as outlined in our Research Strategy and specified below.

We particularly welcome applications from early career researchers and practitioners in any field of landscape, and projects with a strong element of collaboration and exchange.

Download full details, eligibility criteria and application form here (Word document). 

Deadline for applications is 8th April 2021.

View previous funded projects here.

2021 Research Fund Theme:
Landscape, Virtue and the Common Good

While 2020 has often offered a relentless focus on the negative, with this year’s research call we wish to focus upon the positive. In line with LRG’s Research Strategy therefore, it focuses on the theme of Landscape, Virtue and the Common Good. The aim of the call is to explore how landscapes can contribute to well-being and social good.

This theme was inspired and developed from the LRG’s successful event in December 2020 which celebrated the work of human geographer, Yi-Fu Tuan

Landscape is often positively identified with virtue and the common good, but there are also examples of the opposite, such as Oliver Goldsmith’s famous reference to a landscape garden/park as being both a “garden and a grave” in his 1770 poem, The Deserted Village.

We are interested in funding research projects that are concerned with the topic of landscape, virtue and the common good (or common weal), either positively or negatively or by contrasting one to the other.  

LRG Research Fund Call 2021

Relevant topics might be the debates concerning landscapes funded by the slave trade, or the renewed interest in the virtues of public parks, and the behaviour suitable to their use, related, for example, to their increased popularity during the pandemic, or to their possible value in stimulating a sense of community across ethnic and racial divides.

Applicants might find inspiration in Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s 1339 landscape paintings of the “The Allegory of Good and Bad Government” in the Siena Palazzo Pubblico (, a section of which has been used as the backdrop to this year’s research theme imagery.

The Research Fund will support applications for:

  • research into the circumstances in which injustice is generated and sustained in landscape contexts in relation in particular to landscape governance;
  • research into injustices that are historically-embedded in the landscape, that are emerging now or that might emerge in the future, particularly in relation to landscape governance;
  • research into the impacts of the language used in communicating ideas and issues around landscape with different audiences.  “Language” is here understood in the broad sense to include visual/pictorial/image and tonal based forms of language, as well as verbal and written language;
  • research that addresses the interplay as revealed through language used between organisations, audiences and outcomes in developing policies and practices that address landscape injustice;
  • projects and activities that make use of research in the development and implementation of policies, practices and/or actions that address landscape injustice;
  • projects and activities that create opportunities and mechanisms for the generation, dissemination and/or use of knowledge, understanding or insight into landscape justice.


Deadline for submission of applications:
8th April 2021

Applicants notified of funding decision by:
23rd April 2021

Earliest possible project start date:
1st May 2021

Projects to be completed by*:
30th April 2022

* The project completion date refers to the main project activities. It is accepted that some activities, particularly relating to project outputs, may continue on after this date (e.g. where a paper has been submitted to a journal for publication but has yet to go through peer review and be published). Applicants should specify a project timetable in Section 2 of the Application Form and, where an activity is anticipated to continue beyond 30th April 2022, this should be explained and justified.

Download full details, eligibility criteria and application form here (Word document).