My main research interests lie in the field of large scale landscape planning and design, cultural landscapes, landscape ecology, sustainable landscapes, coastal landscape planning and human perception of, experience and relationship with the landscape. These interests are reflected in my publications and in work concerned with the implementation of the European Landscape Convention (ELC), with Green Infrastructure (GI) planning, and international work.
I was Managing Editor of the peer reviewed journal 'Landscape Research' for the last five years during which time I helped focus attention onto cultural landscape issues. I am now Consulting Editor.
Roles and Responsibilities
Convenor of the Landscape Research Group
Consulting Editor Landscape Research journal
Degree Programme Director for MSc in Planning for Sustainability & Climate Change; MA in Planning & Environmental Research (MAPER)
Postgraduate Research Committee member
Development of research-based postgraduate opportunities in landscape and environmental issues
APL Public Lecture Committee
BA(Hons) DipLA MDesS MLI
1996 Certificate in Teaching & Learning, Newcastle University
1993 Member of the Landscape Institute (MLI)
1992-1993 Master in Design Studies (M.Des.S.), specialising in Landscape Planning and Ecology, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA
1989-1990 Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture (DipLA) (Distinction)Leeds Metropolitan University
1985-1990 BA(Hons) Landscape Architecture (First Class) Leeds Metropolitan University
School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University
July 2001-July 2004: Landscape Architecture Programmes Director
Sept 1996- June 2003: Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Jan 1994- 1996: Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, (Half-time), Department of Town & Country Planning, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
June 1993-1996: Freelance Environmental Consultant, Associate Consultant with The Environment Practice, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Nov 1990-Aug 1992: Landscape Architect with Woolerton Truscott, Landscape Architects and Environmental Consultants, Durham, UK
July-Nov 1990: Landscape Architect with David Bellamy Environmental Consultants, Durham, UK
Sept 1988-June 1989: Assistant Landscape Architect with Landscape Design Associates, Landscape Architects, Peterborough, UK
Member of Sub-panel 16 Architecture, Built Environment and Planning in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)
Member of Natural England Science Advisory Committee (NESAC)
Member of International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration (IFPRA) Science Committee
Member of the Landscape Institute (MLI) (and North East Branch of the Landscape Institute)
Board Member of the Landscape Research Group (LRG)
Member of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE)
Member of the Expert Panel of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the review of the Landscape Evidence & Knowledge Base for Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
Member of the ESRC Peer Review College
Member of the database of independent experts for European Research and Innovation (European Commission)
Member of marineNewcastle - Marine Network, Newcastle University
Landscape Institute Archive Friends Group
Honours and Awards
Landscape Institute Award (Research Category) November 2001 for Research on Landscape and Community.
Kennedy Memorial Trust Scholarship to study at Graduate School of Design, Harvard University 1992-3
Landscape Institute Travel Award 1989 to study Reafforestation Projects in Colombia and Ecuador.
In my personal and working life the key principles I try to work with are:
I joined Newcastle University in 1994 following work in practice within the region and a year carrying out research at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. I have experience on a wide range of multi-disciplinary research and consultancy landscape projects which involve building consensus between the public, voluntary and statutory organisations. My main research interests lie in the field of large scale landscape planning and design; landscape ecology; sustainable landscapes; coastal landscape planning, human perception of, experience and relationship with the landscape, participatory landscape planning, cultural landscapes and landscape change.
I have developed successful research collaborations within the School, within other Departments and with a number of external organisations. Through my research I have been asked to participate in a number of European initiatives and research bids including funding from the Council of Europe, the EU and UNESCO. I have submitted numerous research proposals to funding bodies over the last few years including to: Leverhulme Trust, DETR, ESRC, AHRC, NERC, MRC, EU, Countryside Agency, Construction Research and Innovation Strategy Panel (CRISP) and MAFF. I have worked with international, national and local organisations on projects including Defra, Natural England, Environment Agency, English Nature, SNH, One-NE, North East Community Forests, Durham Heritage Coast Partnership, Uniscape, British Council/DfID and many others locally, nationally and internationally. I am presently working on an AHRC funded project ‘Hydrocitizenship’ under the connected communities programme. Recent projects include the use of a Bayesian Belief Network (BBN) to explore ’Interdisciplinary methods to build a socio-ecological decision-making tool to inform marine governance’ funded by NERC under the Valuing Nature Network initiative, policy assessment in England and the UK relating to the implementation of the European Landscape Convention (ELC), green infrastructure planning and an examination of landscape change related to policy options for Natural England. I have also worked in developing countries on sustainability issues such as the assessment of the landscape impacts of the shrimp industry in Bangladesh. I have spoken, lectured and taught in China, India and a number of countries in Europe. My main teaching responsibilities at Newcastle are with postgraduate (Masters and Doctoral) students on sustainable landscape planning and climate change and planning.
I am a Director of the Landscape Research Group Ltd (LRG) and as Managing Editor of the international peer reviewed journal Landscape Research (2009-14) I helped to focus attention within the journal onto cultural landscape issues. I have spoken at a number of conferences and symposiums, including the Council of Europe in relation to the ELC, academic and professional conferences and symposia. I have published widely on cultural landscape issues and landscape sustainability. A second edition of the book Landscape & Sustainability, which I co-edited was published by Routledge in 2007. My new book, New Cultural Landscapes (2014) explores issues of heritage, conservation, human-nature relationships in the landscape and the creation of meaning in future landscapes. In addition to professional reports, my publications range from international academic peer-review papers, to ‘think’ pieces in professional journals in the UK and abroad. I have spoken in various countries on how to publish peer review papers in international journals.
I have acted as internal and external examiner at all levels of University education (undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD) both in the UK and abroad. I have supervised a number of successful PhD candidates and numerous students who are now in Landscape and Planning professional practice. I have also supervised post-doctoral visitors and academics who come to Newcastle to carry out research with me.
Thoughout my career I have been involved in integrated interdisciplinary research primarily focused on landscape planning issues. My main research interests lie in the field of large scale landscape planning and design; landscape ecology; sustainable and cultural landscapes; coastal landscape planning, human perception of, experience and relationship with the landscape with a specific focus on community participation and the landscape. I am always interested to hear from potential PhD students and other possible collaborators in these areas.
Consulting Editor of Landscape Research journal; Managing Editor 2009-13; Deputy Editor 2003-09
Convenor of the Landscape Research Group; Supervision of PhD and MPhil students; Postgraduate Research (PGR) Committee Member.
My research activities feed into my teaching at many different levels. At present this is concentrated on PhD supervision and the development of postgraduate opportunities particularly with regard to research training and professionally accredited Masters programmes. International links through Editorship of Landscape Research, the various research and teaching projects I carry out provide the impetus for new contacts and links in other countries, visitors to Newcastle and collaborative working. I have been involved in a number of PhD workshops in various countries, focusing on publishing in peer review journals and implementation of the European Landscape Convention.
Research Title: Towards Hydrocitizenship: Connecting communities with and through responses to interdependent, multiple water issues
Funding Body: AHRC
Researchers: Owain Jones (University of Gloucestershire (CCRI)); Lindsey McEwen and Michael Buser (University of the West of England, Bristol); Stephen Bottoms (University of Manchester); Andrew Church (University of Brighton); Peter Coates (University of Bristol); Graeme Evans (University of Middlesex); Sara Penrhyn Jones (University of Aberystwyth); Alex Plows (University of Bangor); Maggie Roe (University of Newcastle).
Total Project Value: £1.4m
Research Title: Hydrocitizenship development project
Funding Body: AHRC
Researchers: M.H.Roe (Newcastle), O.Jones (Gloucester), A. McCapra (LI), P. Coates (Bristol), S. Penryn Jones (Aberystwyth), A. Church (Brighton), A. Plows (Bangor). G. Evans (Brunel), M. Buser (UWE), S. Bottoms (Manchester)
Research Title: ‘Valuing Nature Network’ project examining ‘Interdisciplinary methods to build a socio-ecological decision-making tool in Marine Governance and Policy’. The Valuing Nature Network is an Interdisciplinary Network for Valuing Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Natural Resource Use.
Funding Body: Natural Environment Research Council and a project of the Living With Environmental Change partnership.
Researchers: Chilton, S., Stead, S., Metcalf, H., Rushton, S., Roe, M. H. et al.
Research Title: ESRC/CASE Seminar (ESRC funded) Green Infrastructure Planning RES-623-26-0005 ESRC Knowledge Transfer Seminar: Green Infrastructure Planning: Translating knowledge into planning practice and policy
Date: Thursday 25th June 2009
Researchers: Newcastle University (Maggie Roe – Primary Investigator/Applicant)
Total Project Value: £1,601.00
Research Title: Green infrastructure, environmental perception and spatial behaviour RES/0360/7243 Ref: PTA-033-2005-00001
Funding Body: ESRC/CASE Studentship;
Researchers: Student Name: Ian C. Mell; Collaborating Organisation: North East Community Forests (NECF)
Total Project Value: £6,000 from ESRC (over three years)
Research Title: ECOPLAN (Ecology, Planning and Landscape Applications Network)
Funding Body: ESRC - Seminar group
Researcher(s): P. Selman - Leader (GLOSCAT); Co-Investigators: Roe (Newcastle University); Dover (Myerscough College, Lancs), Kirby (English Nature, Peterborough), Dennis (Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen), Macfarlane, (University of Northumbria) Kidd (Liverpool University), Hughes (Scottish Natural Heritage).
Total Project Value: £11,944
Title: Editorship of Landscape Research Journal
Funding Body: Landscape Research Group (LRG) LRG KH070938.
Researchers: Maggie Roe (Editor from 2009) Deputy Editor (from 2004).
Research Title: Marine spatial planning – Reflecting on new agendas for planning
Funding Body: Newcastle University PVC R&I Strategic Fund 2010-2011
Date: March 2011-Jan 2012
Researchers: Maggie Roe and Paola Gazzola, SAPL, Newcastle University
Research Title: The Development of an approach to facilitate judgement on landscape change options.
Funding Body: Natural England
Date: Jan-March 2010
Researchers: Newcastle University (M. H. Roe – Primary Investigator); Sheffield University Professor Paul Selman and Professor Carys Swanwick – co-investigators)
Research Title: Establishment of a baseline for, and monitoring of the impact of, the European Landscape Convention in the UK
Funding Body: Defra (and a Steering Committee) Research Contract: CR 0401
Date: September 2008 - June 2008
Researchers: Newcastle University (M. H. Roe – Primary Investigator; I. C. Mell – Research Assistant); Manchester University (C. Jones); Sheffield University (P. Selman & C. Swanwick)
Research title: ECLAS 'Le:Notre' Thematic Network Project
Funding Body: European Union Erasmus-Socrates Programme
Date: Commencing April 2003 – extended to 2009
Researcher(s): Maggie Roe (est. 10 days/year) with representatives from 100+ Universities from 30 countries across Europe. Leader: Professor Richard Stiles, Technische Universitat Wien, Austria.
Second Stage Le Notre II project now in operation
Research Title: Research to Support the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention in England
Funding Body: Natural England
Date: November 2007 -April 2008-07-30
Researchers: Newcastle University (M. H. Roe – Primary Investigator; I. C. Mell); Manchester University (C. Jones)
Research Title: Green Infrastructure in the City Regions RES/0360/7246
Funding Body: Countryside Agency and others
Date: August 2005-March 2006
Researchers: Maggie Roe with R. Macfarlane, CESA, Northumbria University & Clive Davies, North East Community Forests (NECF)
Research Title: Open Space and Recreational Needs Assessment
Funding Body: Durham City Council
Date: January 2007-July 2007
Researchers: North East community Forests Ltd and Associates (Maggie Roe, Sue Jackson/BlueSpace Environments and others)
Research Title: Regional Community Forest Development Mapping Project
Funding Body: Community Forest consortium
Date: February-April 2004
Researchers: Maggie Roe with R. Macfarlane, Centre for Environmental and Spatial Analysis,
University of Northumbria.
Research Title: Sustainable land use planning and environmental management for salinity affected coastal regions of Bangladesh: a study on Rupsha Thana, Khulna District
Funding Body: DFID/The British Council
Date: 1 April, 2003-31 March, 2006
Researcher(s): Maggie Roe (UK Co-ordinator); Graham Tipple (APL); Suzanne Speak (APL);
Martin le Tissier (CRC); John Gower (AES) with Dr. Mahmudul Hasan (Bangladesh Co-ordinator, Associate Professor, Urban and Rural Planning Discipline) and other researchers from Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh
Research Title: Children & the Landscape: an examination of the effectiveness of children's participation in landscape policy and practice
Funding Body: FLESS Innovation Grant
Researchers: Maggie Roe and Karen Scott in collaboration
with Professor Paul Younger & Aiden Doyle (HERO)
Total Project Value: £2,200
Research Title: Greening for Growth Access for All Strategy for South East Northumberland
Funding Body: Countryside Agency
Researcher(s): M. H. Roe with the Centre for Environmental & Spatial Analysis, Northumbria University
Research Title: Interdisciplinary study: Park planning for children’s play and ecological education - Comparative project Newcastle and Japan
Funding Body: Japanese government scholarship
Date: Commenced 2002
Researchers: Maggie Roe and Keitaro Ito (Japan)
Northumberland Coast Recreation Strategy, 1996/7
State of the District Report, Sedgefield District Council County Durham 1996/7
River Tweed Estaury Management Plan 1996/7
I am always interested in hearing from possible students who would like to pursue research in my own areas of work. My research activities feed into my teaching at many different levels. In the past this has been through teaching on the professionally accredited MLA. At present this is concentrated on PhD and the development of postgraduate opportunities particularly with regard to research-based Masters programmes.
In addition to Landscape Planning project and studio modules, I lead a number of postgraduate modules including 'Issues in Landscape Planning & Sustainability' and ‘Planning Practice & Climate Change’ which are available to postgraduate students. I also act as dissertation tutor for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. This means that students are able to follow-up landscape and environmental themes through their dissertation work.
I am Director of the MA in Planning and Environment Research (MAPER) and the MSc in Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change programmes. MAPER provides an excellent basis for continuing to a PhD and is ESRC recognised as a I+3 training programme. I am particularly keen to promote cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities through my teaching. I have contributed to a number of PhD workshops at home in the UK and abroad that help students to develop their research and in particular to focus on the skills needed for international peer reviewed publications.