Landscape Research Networks (LRNs) are networks of landscape researchers and practitioners, joined together by a common geographical region or theme.
They offer Landscape Research Group members regular opportunities to exchange and forge partnerships on the ground, and help further landscape thinking in that region, as a ‘hub’.
Expressions of interest or suggestions come from you, the LRG community, with us providing the support network.
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LRG’s model network is the Arbeitskreis Landschaftsforschung, a German-speaking group whose sphere of influence covers Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Founded in 2019, the group meets regularly to hold workshops or conferences, and brings landscape researchers and practitioners together. Their ethos is to:
- network landscape researchers more closely with each other and with the international professional community,
- to promote the professional exchange on topics, theories and methods of landscape research,
- organise events that can also result in joint publications,
- the passing on of information about current events and developments such as conferences, legislative initiatives, political developments – to support and
- communicate information about tenders for third-party funds and potential cooperation partners.
The Group will be holding their 10th workshop at University of Cottbus on 11-13 October 2023 exploring the theme: Landscape justice – just and unjust landscapes in transition.
More details can be found on their website.
The group previously held a conference entitled Landscapes for Future? Landscapes and Socio-Ecological Transformations on 14 to 17 September 2022 at the University of Kassel. A keynote speaker was LRG’s Trustee, Vanesa Castán Broto. A short report on the event can be found here. Information on future events and how to get involved can be found on their website.
The Maghreb Landscape Research Network aims to bring together landscape researchers and practitioners from countries across North Africa covering Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. Led by one of our Trustees, Marouen Hedhie, the group’s purpose is to identify and raise awareness of local landscape issues in the region, and to explore themes common to these interconnected landscapes.
Areas of interest for this Network include:
- Developing the European Landscape Convention as a model for the Maghreb
- Landscape democracy and environmental action
- Colonial landscapes
- Tourism and landscape – blessing or blight?
- Landscape, language and culture
- Environmental pollution and landscape inequality
Their first meeting and workshop was supported by LRG and held in partnership with the National School of Architecture and Urban Design, Tunis (ENAU), Tunisia in November 2019. The event was reported on by MADINATI magazine (in French).
A close working relationship between its 19 members, both landscape academics and practitioners, was quickly established at the meeting and the group have continued work on its development.
The Network’s Facebook page can be found here.
The Landscape Exchange
The Landscape Exchange is an open access multimedia platform by the Landscape Research Group, working across boundaries for greater justice and sustainability.
LEX includes podcasts, videos, images and writing, and acts as a sister space to our peer-reviewed academic journal Landscape Research.
It shares and encourages an inter- and trans-disciplinary approach to current planetary challenges. We are particularly keen to support work which transcends boundaries of disciplines and approaches to landscape, countries or nation states, and academia and forms of practice.
The content is intentionally more informal, easy to understand and aimed to spark dialogue and collaboration across boundaries. It widens the traditional definition of research to include radical or unconventional research methods.
Members of the Landscape Research Group can post content at any time. If you are not a member, click here to join.
These Networks provide tangible benefits to the research of landscape by:
- Facilitating exchange
- Promoting an interdisciplinary, and ‘landscape’ approach to the complex issues we face
- Providing a visible space for interdisciplinary landscape work in that region
LRG can provide flexible support in a number of ways:
- A small amount of funding is available over 3 years, with the potential to extend the length of time
- Communications and promotion of the LRN and its activities, including recording and sharing activities, and a dedicated LRN webpage if needed
- Other strategic support, such as conferences, journal submissions or co-ordinating the translation of LRN materials
- Expressions of interest or suggestions for networks come from you, the LRG community, with us providing the support framework.
Please contact us to submit your interest in forming a Landscape Research Network.
- Read more information about LRN criteria, support provided, and the process for establishing an LRN
1 February 2024 by Emily Shakespeare Special Issue Title – A possibility for healing: contested memorial landscapes and the project of socio-cultural change Landscape Research, the internationally
5 May 2023 by Emily Shakespeare LRG’s Maghreb Landscape Research Network aims to bring together landscape researchers and practitioners from countries across North Africa covering