School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Niels Dabaut

Niels Dabaut

Cultural heritage and landscape identity in the Tyne Valley: participatory GIS for landscape archaeology

Supervisors

Professor Dr Sam Turner (School of History, Classics and Archaeology), Dr Maggie Roe (School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape), Dr Keith Lilley (Queens University Belfast)

Year started

2016

Project outline

Cultural heritage and historic landscape management in the UK and in Europe are often ‘top-down’: experts develop tools and methodologies to define heritage and generate ideas about the historic landscapes inhabited by communities. However, the ways these communities perceive the historic environment and value its changing landscape heritage is often neglected in management policies. The aim of this research will be to gain a better understanding of the interplay between historic landscape change and ‘landscape identity’ in England and develop methods that can be used to underpin participatory management of landscape as cultural heritage. My research will consider how ‘landscape identities’ develop, the impact of landscape change, and whether it is possible to distinguish zones or types of identity through time and space.

In this project I will develop a novel method to integrate people’s perception of landscape heritage into existing GIS-based characterisation approaches, creating a new tool for landscape archaeology. By examining historic landscape as cultural heritage, this new approach will enable communities to improve awareness of shared landscape identities. In the long term, this could not only be beneficial for existing communities, but also has the potential to help ‘new’ inhabitants and migrants settle in new areas by understanding these fundamental qualities more effectively.

Funding awards

AHRC (Northern Bridge full-time scholarship) 

Conference organisation

(2014) CHeriScape I conference in Ghent ‘Landscape as Heritage in Policy’  

CHeriScape II conference Amersfoort ‘Landscape as Heritage in Research'

Session at Landscape Archaeology Conference (Rome, ITA): Seeing heritage through the lenses of landscapes

(2015) CHeriScape III conference in Oslo ‘Landscape as community’

CHeriScape IV conference in Madrid - Title:’Facing Global Change through the lenses of landscape’

Session organiser at Cultural Sustainability COST Conference (Helsinki, FIN) - Title: Landscape as heritage, a central idea for the role of culture in sustainability?

(2015) CHeriScape V conference in Newcastle ‘Landscape and Virtual future’

Conference papers

(2014) 12th International Conference on Urban History: Cities in Europe (Lisbon, POR) - Title: Integrating historic landscape research and spatial planning to develop a sustainable cultural heritage management in Flanders (Belgium)

ICOMOS General Assembly (Florence, ITA) - Title: The constructive interaction of landscape and heritage

PECSRL Unraveling the logics of landscape (Gothenburg, SWE) - Title: Heritage value of the landscapes in an urban context as base for integrated heritage management in Flanders (Belgium)

(2015) Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists Glasgow (UK) - Title: Views and perspectives: legacies of the past to shape the future

Invitational lecture:16th Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, Andorra La Vella (AND) - Title: Cross border landscape characterisation assessment. Case Study: West Flanders and Nord-Pas-de-Calais

39th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Bonn (GER): Observer invited by ICOMOS Vlaanderen-Brussel

Publications and reviews

Fairclough, Dabaut, Van Eetvelde (2014), The Constructive Interaction Of Landscape And Heritage, Conference Proceedings Icomos General Assembly (Florence, ITA)

Fairclough, Pedroli, Dabaut (2015), Seeing Heritage Through The Lens Of Landscape, Conference Proceedings Landscape Archaeology Conference 2014 (Rome, ITA)

Dabaut, De Graef, Geleyns, Godts, Selfslagh (2015), Negendertigste Bijeenkomst Van Het UNESCO Werelderfgoedcomité In Bonn, Monumenten en Landschappen 34(5) 

Other roles

August-December 2013: Visiting fellow at School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University

  • Historic Landscape Characterisation Project Tyne and Wear (English Heritage)
  • Wallington and Capability Brown Project
  • Historic Visual Characterisation: East Boldon

January 2014 - May 2016: Researcher at Geography Department, Ghent University

  • CHeriScape, Cultural Heritage in Landscape (JPI for Cultural Heritage)
  • Landscape and Heritage Assessment Nord-Pas-de-Calais and West-Flanders (Province of West-Vlaanderen and CAUE)

May 2016 - November 2016: Project coordinator at Kempens Landschap vzw

  • February 2014 - Present: Member of the Municipal Advisory Board for Spatial Planning in Damme
  • January 2016 - Present: Member of the board of directors ICOMOS Flanders/Brussels