Who we are

The principal members of the CHeriScape team are presented below (a detailed overview on the background of each of us follows soon):

Contacts:

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Graham Fairclough
CHeriScape Coordinator
Affiliation: Newcastle University (United Kingdom)
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Background: An archaeologist by training, I have mainly worked in the fields of heritage and landscape, including in several European landscape-focussed networks and research projects. Like many others, landscape has drawn me more and more towards interdisciplinary networks and research. Interest in CHeriScape: CHeriScape sits squarely at the junction of my two principal professional and research concerns, heritage and landscape, and its aims coincide with a long-standing interest in investigating their roles (and increasingly their interwoven roles) in society and practical application.

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Niels Dabaut
CHeriScape Researcher
Affiliation: Newcastle University (United Kingdom)
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Background: A Geographer by training and currently finishing a MSc in Conservation of Monuments and Sites (RLICC). Working in the field of Landscape Archaeology, with Landscape Characterisation as main focus. Did some research on the possibilities of landscape characterisation in Flemish spatial planning. And is now a full-time PhD researcher at Newcastle University Interest in CHeriScape: CHeriScape sits exactly on the crossroads of my main interests, Landscape and Heritage. CHeriScape and the CHeriScape team give me the opportunity to take the first steps in interdisciplinary landscape research. This project also allows me to share and exchange ideas about ‘landscape as a framework for heritage’ with researchers, practioners, policy makers and other stakeholders.

 

Team Members:

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Knut Anders Hovstad
Affiliation: Bioforsk (Norway)
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Background: Knut Anders Hovstad is educated in nature management (MSc) and ecology (PhD). He is now involved in several studies of biodiversity and how this is influenced by historical land-use and changes at the landscape level. He is leading a research group in Bioforsk working mainly with agricultural landscapes and biodiversity. Interest in CHeriScape: When working with agricultural landscapes, it is for me important to try to understand the connection between historical land-use and the present patterns in biodiversity in the landscape. Knowledge about historical land-use and traditional management is necessary also for the management of these landscapes in the future. CHeriScape takes the perspective of landscape as heritage but also landscape as a frame for protecting cultural heritage. CHeriScape represents an opportunity to establish a network of people from different disciplines but with a common interest at the interface between landscape and cultural heritage research.

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Henk Baas
Affiliation: Cultureel Erfgoed Nederland (RCE) (The Netherlands)
Henk at Academia.edu and at LinkedIn
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Background: Henk Baas (1965) studied human geography at the University of Amsterdam. His specialisation was on historical geography, with special focus on the cultural landscapes of the Netherlands and the northern part of Germany. His scientific work is mainly about the characterisation, mapping and valuation of cultural landscape, in combination with heritage and landscape management. He worked for a small private firm on historical landscape research, for a NGO on landscape management and volunteering, and is now head of landscape research at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Ministry of Culture in the Netherlands. His research group tries to integrate the different heritage disciplines (archaeology, built environment and historical landscape) with actual matters in spatial planning. Interest in CHeriScape: CheriScape gives me the opportunity to exchange ideas about my interests as above with other European researchers, policy makers of practitioners.

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Bolette Bele
Affiliation: Bioforsk (Norway)
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Background: born in 1964, is a vegetation ecologist (Cand Scient 1993). She was employed at Bioforsk, the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research in 1999. She has participated in several projects mainly focused on cultural landscape qualities as biodiversity, traditional ecological knowledge and local food production. Interest in CHeriScape: Her main research interests are traditional and ecological land-use aspects of cultural landscapes. She also work with restoration and management to maintain different landscape values, and local food production in areas with high biodiversity.

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Gro Jerpåsen (Left CHeriScape on 1st of September 2015)
Affiliation: NIKU (Norway)
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Background: born 1963, archaeologist, Master of Arts in 1993 at the University of Oslo, PhD in landscape planning 2013 at the Norwegian University of Life Science. Since 1996 she has worked at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research in Oslo. She has participated in several interdisciplinary research projects on landscape. Interest in CHeriScape: Her main work is concerned with historic landscapes, methods for landscape analyses, cultural heritage and spatial planning and environmental impact assessments. She has worked particularly with visual methods and approaches for analysing the historic landscape dimension in urban fringe areas.

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Kari Larsen (Left CHeriScape on 1st of September 2015)
Affiliation: NIKU (Norway)
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Background: Born in 1968, archaeologist from the University of Bergen in 1995. She has a varied professional experience, both from museums and heritage management (locally and nationally). At present, she is a researcher at the Norwegian institute for Cultural Heritage Research, where she has been employed since 2007. Interest in CHeriScape: Her main work is concerned with historical landscapes, spatial planning and environmental impact assessments. Kari has worked particularly with local participation in planning and management of landscapes, and has done both research and consultancy work directed at developing methods for stakeholder and local involvement in planning and value assessments.

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Michel Lascaris
Affiliation: Cultureel Erfgoed Nederland (RCE) (The Netherlands)
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Background: Michel Lascaris (1963) studied geography and archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. He worked as (geo)archaeologist and historical geographer in Germany and the Netherlands and is now a researcher at the landscape department of the Cultural Heritage Agency, Ministry of Culture in the Netherlands. Areas of expertise are project management, water management and land use from late prehistory to modern times as well as landscape monitoring. Interest in CHeriScape: Exchange of experiences and ideas on dealing with the cultural heritage aspects of landscapes.

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Almudena Orejas
Affiliation: CSIC (Spain)
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Background: Scientific Researcher at the Department of Archaeology and Social Processes, Institute of History, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) Areas of Expertise: Landscape Archaeology. Rural and mining landscapes in Antiquity. Photo-interpretation, remote sensing and archaeological survey Chair of the Action COST A-27 (2004-2010): LANDMARKS. Understanding pre-industrial structures in rural and mining landscapes Interest in CHeriScape: Landscape Studies are closely related, and strongly benefit, from Landscape Archaeology: Archaeology enables the landscape to take advantage from the rich heritage it includes. Reading the past from the present and the present thought the past is crucial for understanding landscape itself as common, rich and diverse heritage. An active archaeological research could combine the scientific interests (production of innovative knowledge) and the social expectations regarding territorial planning, sustainability and landscape heritage valorisation.

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Bas Pedroli
Affiliation: Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)
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Background: Landscape is a wonderful expression of the interaction between nature and people: a major asset of European cultural diversity. With a background in physical geography, my research focusses on visions for the future of landscape, and on the trade-offs of the pathways towards those visions and the opportunities for wise use. Interest in CHeriScape: CHeriScape fills an essential missing link in the identification of the tangible and intangible, cultural and natural values of landscape that we would need to take care of for the future. The transdisciplinary focus of CHeriScape is an inspiring source of dialogue, urgently needed in science and practice alike.

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Edwin Raap
Affiliation: Guest Researcher at Cultureel Erfgoed Nederland (RCE)(The Netherlands)
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Background: Edwin Raap (1969) studied geography at the University of Amsterdam. He worked as staff member and projectmanager at the Dutch NGO for Landscape Management, carrying out projects in the field of empowerment, landscape monitoring. He is now employed at the Cultural Heritage Agency as a guest researcher for a national project on landscape characterisation. Interest in CHeriScape: Edwin organised the second CheriScape conference in Amersfoort (Nov. 2014). CheriScape offers an excellent opportunity to meet with European colleagues in the field of cultural heritage and share experiences.

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Guillermo Reher
Affiliation: CSIC (Spain)
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Background: Postgraduate Researcher and Research Manager at the Department of Archaeology and Social Processes, Institute of History, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) Areas of Expertise: Project Management, Research networking, Landscape Archaeology, Identity in the Roman world. Chair of the Action COST A-27 (2004-2010): LANDMARKS. Understanding pre-industrial structures in rural and mining landscapes Interest in CHeriScape: Heritage and landscape are cross-cutting realities which require strong networking and coordination potential. Assisting in this role, Guillermo Reher will help contribute to CHeriScape through project management, synergies and relations with other networks and initiatives, including future funding opportunities.

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Veronique Karine Simon
Affiliation: NIKU (Norway)
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Background: Educated as an architect at The Grenoble National School of Architecture (ENSAG) in France, I took a PhD in landscape architecture in 2012 at the Norwegian University of Life Science. I have mainly worked in the fields of landscape and heritage, particularly with projects linked to development issues and planning processes in fragile environment. I am also interested in themes related to the challenges of participation and research methods.
Interest in CHeriScape: My professional and research interest and curiosity concern how landscape and cultural heritage are mutually supportive, how heritage in all its diverse manifestations daily enriches people’s landscapes, and how to protect our landscapes. CHeriScape allows me to share and exchange ideas about these topics, and opens my awareness of the different roles of landscape and heritage. Simultaneously CHeriScape permits me to take my first steps in interdisciplinary landscape research and allows me to be part of a landscape-focused network of researchers, practitioners, policy makers and stakeholders.

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Sam Turner
Affiliation: Newcastle University (United Kingdom)
Sam at Newcastle University website
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Background: Sam Turner has worked at Newcastle University since 2004, where he is now Director of the McCord Centre for Historic and Cultural Landscape. His research projects focus on medieval archaeology and landscape history from Late Antiquity onwards in Britain, Europe and the Mediterranean. Previously he worked for Devon County Council’s Historic Environment Service and did his PhD at the University of York on the early medieval landscapes of south-west England. Interest in CHeriScape: Sam is interested in multidisciplinary approaches to landscape, and particularly in developing the usefulness of historically-informed perspectives for sensitive planning and management. CHeriScape provides a forum for researchers and practitioners across relevant disciplines to meet, exchange viewpoints, and develop new approaches and collaborations.

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Theo Van Der Sluis
Affiliation: Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)
Theo at Research Gate and at LinkedIn
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Background: As a landscape ecologist I work in particular on the development of ecological networks and biodiversity assessments, in the Mediterranean region and Eastern Europe. Natura 2000 is an important part of the work, e.g. site selection, Habitat monitoring and evaluation of effectiveness. I started my PhD thesis research on landscape change (in particular landscape structure) in Europe. The work is done in the framework of the EU-Volante project, and work focuses on case study areas in Italy, Greece, Romania, Denmark and the Netherlands.

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Veerle Van Eetvelde
Affiliation: Ghent University (Belgium)
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Background: More Soon Interest in CHeriScape: More Soon