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The Research Projects

Objective

Reconstruct deep history of Europe’s cultural landscapes and corresponding changes in coupled human-nature interactions within human energy regimes and their transitions.

State or the art

European societies have exploited and managed their landscapes for millennia, but recent rapid socioeconomic changes and high societal demands on the environment have become a challenge for land managers.

Progress beyond State of the Art

Land managers today need an unprecedented depth and breadth of knowledge about the
physical, social, and cultural characteristics of the landscapes for which they are responsible.

 

PhD Project 1.

Elena Pearce
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PhD Project 2.

Kailin Hatlestad
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PhD Project 3.

Anastasia Nikulina
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PhD Project 4.

Alexandre Martinez
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PhD Project 5.

Emily Vella
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PhD Project 6.

Maria Antonia Serge
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Objective

Rethink outcomes of human environmental interactions over the past 3 energy regimes on the present-day landscape in Europe, to inform future energy transitions from a long-term environmental and social perspective.

State or the art

European land managers face a series of social and environmental challenges that
require progressive integrated approaches to socially and environmentally sustainable landscape management.

Progress beyond State of the Art

Land managers will acquire conceptual frameworks and practical tools for responding to current global environmental change enabling dynamic transitions. responsible.

PhD Project 7.

Anhelina Zapolska
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PhD Project 8.

Marco Davoli 
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PhD Project 9.

Frank Arthur 
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PhD Project 10.

Leen Felix
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Objective

Design landscape management strategies, i) provide scientific guidance on threats and opportunities for natural +cultural values of Europe’s landscapes, ii) define criteria for assisted restoration of ecosystems of former (abandoned) agricultural areas, and iii) to generate future scenarios for cultural landscape change, with integrated landscape, cultural heritage and biodiversity models, to inform current planning initiatives, e.g.
for the transition to a low-carbon society.

State or the art

European land management require scientifically constituted guidelines that are able to integrate knowledge from the humanities and the natural and social sciences, as well as ability to promote cross-sectorial cooperation, involving land managers, policy makers, SMEs and the public.

Progress beyond State of the Art

European land managers will acquire a tool box for socially and environmentally sustainable landscape management aiming at energy transitions. The tool box is
based on landscape bottom-up solutions appreciating historical and ecological integrity, i.e. the physical, social, and cultural characteristics of local and regional landscapes.

PhD Project 11.

Rowan Dunn-Capper
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PhD Project 12.

Josiane Segar
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PhD Project 13.

Laura C. Quintero Uribe
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PhD Project 14.

Catherine Fayet
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PhD Project 15.

Roberta Rigo
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Individual Research Projects and field laboratories

The individual research projects will be implemented at regional and continental scales across a number of common field laboratory sites, as well as across the Atlas and Policy groups.

ESRs 1, 6-10, and 12-14 will perform a spatial and temporal analysis of combined Holocene palaeoclimatic, palaeoecological, mega faunal and future landscape management data ranging from the European scale to specified field laboratories.

ESRs 2-5, 11 and 15 will perform regional landscape archaeological syntheses, assessments of regional rewilding frameworks, and decision support analysis on a European field laboratory scale.

 

Selection of the three TERRANOVA field laboratory areas within the European landscape is based on:

1.) the continental variation in climatic settings,
2.) the availability and disclosure of interdisciplinary data resources within the selected area,
3.) the potential of multiple disciplines within TERRANOVA to retrieve and compare data from the same laboratory area to reconstruct and rethink human-environment interactions on the landscape.

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