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Inclusive Landscape Transformations

This programme fosters transdisciplinary research into landscape transformations, both past and present. It stimulates critical analysis of landscapes and spatial interventions focusing on power relationships, inclusivity, participation and emancipation. The ways in which history and heritage play through these processes of change are a key interest of the research.

The emerging climate crisis, the global pandemic and the growing digitalization of society have profound effects worldwide and challenge our current ways of life. These trends and their effects have also raised awareness of the disparities between different groups in society, in terms of access to high-quality living conditions and of participation in decision making. Landscapes – as material and cultural manifestations of society – are a crucial scale at which to do something about these disparities. Knowledge about landscape transformations and mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion are vital.

Landscape research has in recent decades grown enormously as a field of scientific endeavour, with a variety of disciplines offering new perspectives and methods and interdisciplinary programmes seeking to offer more holistic understandings. This programme seeks to contribute to this booming field and inform inclusive landscape transformation by building a community of researchers from a variety of scientific domains, conducting applied research in close collaboration with engaged societal partners and developing comparative perspectives on inclusivity in current landscape transformations and historical ones.

This transdisciplinary focus asks for new forms of working together. The programme aims to host various events focusing on changing topics such as facilitating an interdisciplinary academic collaboration, grant writing, valorisation and entrepreneurship and strengthening the relationships with the partnering centres and societal partners.

Affiliated academic centers

  • International Association of Landscape Archaeology (IALA)
  • Amsterdam Centre for the History and Heritage of Protestantism (ACHHP)
  • Spinlab
  • Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA)

Engaged societal partners

  • Civilscape
  • Monumenten & Archeologie Amsterdam
  • Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, afdelingen Landschap en Archeologie
  • Rijkswaterstaat/Programma Rijke Waddenzee
  • Waddenacademie

Partnering knowledge institutes and platforms

  • Amsterdam Sustainability Institute
  • Athena Institute
  • Amsterdam Young Academy
  • Kenniscentrum Ongelijkheid (collaboration between Gemeente Amsterdam, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, VU and UvA)
  • Reinwardt Academie
  • Erfgoed Academie

Partnering dissemination platforms

  • Journal of European Landscapes (Amsterdam University Press)
  • Landscape and Heritage Book Series (Amsterdam University Press)
  • European Heritage Tribune

Featured Projects

Research Coordinators: Linde Egberts and Niels van Manen

Linde Egberts (Faculty of Humanities) had been involved in CLUE+ research for over ten years, taking over the role of research coordinator on landscape and heritage theme from Gert-Jan Burgers in 2021, and continuing as co-research coordinator for the new Landscapes in Transition program in 2022. She continuously contributes to European consortium projects on behalf of CLUE+, like Cradles of European Culture, HERICOAST and HERILAND. In these, she connects the institute's research agenda to societal challenges like tourismification, social inclusivity and climate change. 

Niels van Manen (School of Business and Economics) is the second co-research coordinator of the Landscapes in Transition program since its establishment in 2022. He is researcher at the departement of Spatial Economics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and at SPINLab. He is also Team Leader of the Digital Spatial Humanities research team and he coordinates UNIGIS Amsterdam. He teaches at the Amsterdam University College and VU Learn! Academy. 

Featured Researcher: Maciej Jakub Swiderski, PhD Researcher

Featured Researcher: Maciej Jakub Swiderski, PhD Researcher

“The focus of my interest is the intersection of heritage and spatial planning. The general topic of my research relates to how gamified designs can be used to facilitate the dialogue between various stakeholders in the context of late-modernist housing estates. It’s tackling issues such as collaborative design, problematic heritage, personal memories and mnemonic and emotional landscapes.” Maciej combines Urban Planning & Humanities approaches.

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