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Landscape Research Projects and Links: Asia

  • Bangladesh: The three-year DfID/British Council funded Higher Education Link project that we had with Khulna University was completed in April 2006. This project was based on an exchange of academics and a major project which examined the role of landscape planning in the shrimp-growing areas around Khulna city. We are presently following up this project with joint publications and applications for further collaborative work between the two Universities. During the project an MSc student from Newcastle spent two months working in villages in the Khulna area collecting data for her dissertation: Using participatory methods to establish local shrimp farmers’ attitudes towards the environment, in the Ghatboag Union of Rupsha Thana, Southwest Bangladesh.
  • China: We have recently been involved in research initiatives in relation to cultural landscapes in Hainan province in China and in the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain area near the World Heritage site at Lijiang, Yunnan, in conjunction with the Yunnan Environment Protection Bureau and the FCO in China.   Maggie Roe was Visiting Professor at the Beijing Graduate School of Landscape Architecture for 6 weeks in Spring 2006. She is on the International Editorial Board for Landscape Architecture China. She has published in Chinese landscape journals and she edited an Eastern Asia Regional Special edition of Landscape Research Journal published in 2007.
  • India: Hemavathy KUPPUSWAMY has submitted her PhD thesis based on an examination of the potential role of trees in particle pollution uptake in cities. Trained as a landscape architect, Hema’s expertise in GIS and particle pollution has led her to a technically-based PhD based largely on quantitative data. Her original desire to base her work in and around the Newcastle conurbation was thwarted because we could not find an area that was polluted enough and her study are is now based in Lambeth in South London! We have increasing numbers of inquiries from potential students from India where we see considerable potential research in the areas of landscape and environmental planning, development and management.
  • Korea: Amongst our present PhD candidates Kyung-jin AN has provided us with long-standing links with Korea. He first came to us as a Masters student and then stayed on to do a PhD. In 2006 we were pleased to have Dr Yeun-kum KIM, from the University of Seoul, working with us as a visiting researcher examining issues of public participation in parks in the UK. A number of collaborative publications between Dr KIM and Maggie Roe have emerged from this visit.
  • Japan: Dr Keitaro Ito from Kyushi University has visited us twice now as a visiting researcher. His interests, which focus particularly on children and the landscape, have over the years stimulated a number of joint initiatives and publications with landscape staff in both English and Japanese. We were also very pleased to welcome Dr Tomoko Miyagawa, Lecturer at Heian Jogakuin University, as a visiting researcher in 2002 following her study with as a Masters student in the School. Dr Miyagawa is particularly interested in public involvement in landscape decisions.
  • Malaysia: We have long had close links with Malaysia through our research and Masters level students. Dr Osman Tahir, who is now Head of Landscape at Kuala Lumpur University, completed a landscape Masters with us and followed this by recently graduating from the School with a PhD which devised a new framework for park management in Kuala Lumpur. Collaborative work with Maggie Roe includes a publication in the newly launched Malaysian research journal Alam Cipta. Present PhD candidates from Malaysia are Ahmad LONG and M. Y. MOHD-YUNOS who are both nearing the completion of their studies.
  • Thailand: Nattika NAVAPAN is studying the history of urban open space in Bangkok, with particular reference to the westernization of that space. Thailand is an interesting case to study because, unlike most other countries in south-east Asia, it was never colonised, yet it too was influenced by western cultural forms. Why was this so?