Netherlands, Groningen / Texel

European Coastal Landscapes: Past, Present and Future

when 2 July 2016 - 9 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week

The summer school European Coastal Landscapes: past present and future focusses on the historical identity, topical issues and future strategies of coastal landscapes. The UNESCO World Heritage Coast of the Wadden Sea Region (The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark) will act as a living lab for lectures, debates and workshops in the lively historic student town of Groningen and the charming Wadden Sea Island of Texel in The Netherlands.

Always wanted to know about how the Dutch cope with the sea? We live, research, eat, fish, relax and thrive on our coasts. Our coasts are man-made and naturally evolved. How do we combine tourism and a fragile World Heritage site? The Centre for Landscape studies welcomes you to visit lectures by leading experts and work on practical research assignments on ‘real’ issues as:
• Cultural heritage of European coastal landscapes;
• Planning with nature : coastal dynamics as a guideline for future coastal defense;
• Coastal tourism : towards a sustainable leisure landscapes;
• Sense of place : identity – people – place;
• Landscape stewardship: strategies for social and environmental sustainable management
• Regional food production : adaptive farming on salt affected soils.

This one-week course takes place in the vibrant student town of Groningen and on the beautiful Wadden island of Texel. There will be a starting excursion (boat trip) on Sunday, three days of lectures and workshops in Groningen, a one-day field excursion on the coastal landscapes of the Wadden Sea region, and two days of workshops and field trips on the island of Texel. The course focusses on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches of cultural and natural landscapes.

The course will be taught in English and be guided by well-known experts in the field of landscape studies, landscape design and landscape management.

Course leader

Prof. Theo Spek
Drs. Anne Wolff

Target group

This course is developed for PhD students, talented master students, practioners and government representatives in the field of landscape history, landscape planning, landscape architecture, landscape ecology, human geography and other relevant fields of interdisciplinary landscape studies. The course could engage 30 participants in total.

Course aim

The course focusses on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches of cultural and natural landscapes.

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