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Citizens and Governance

Citizens and Governance

Societal change means future landscape governance will involve horizontal collaboration and dynamic social networks.

Participatory landscapes

Different people understand landscape in many different ways.

This provides myriad opportunities for transdisciplinary working and research. This includes landscape as a concept and a way of thinking by researchers, but also as a physical and administrative entity, particularly in relation to:

  • development
  • spatial plans
  • quality of life
  • identities
  • cultures
  • sustainability indicators

Landscape brings people together through use of shared resources and common objectives, as opposed to through exclusive property rights or conservation.

Our research investigates how future landscapes can be participatory, just and democratic. How they can be dynamic and ecologically diverse. And how access to landscapes can provide greater health and wellbeing for communities.