From Landscape Research to Landscape Planning - Aspects of Integration, Education and Application

Edited by B Tress, G Tress, G Fry, G.and P Opdam 
Springer  October 2005  

Hardcover  434 pp.  ISBN 9781402039799      £270.00

Softcover  434 pp  ISBN 9781402039782      £120.00
Research policy favours projects that integrate disciplinary knowledge and involve non-academic stakeholders. Consequently, integrative concepts 'interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity' are gaining currency in landscape research and planning. Researchers are excited by the prospect of merging disciplinary and non-academic expertise to improve their understanding and performance, but often struggle with the challenges of operationalizing integration.

This book provides guidelines for those coping with these challenges, whether they are members of an integrative research team or individuals working on a problem that demands integration. They must define terminology, choose appropriate methodologies, overcome epistemological barriers and cope with the high expectations of some stakeholders while encouraging others to participate at all.

The book deals with the development of integrative theory and concepts, the development of integrative tools and methods, training and education for integration, and the application of integrative concepts in landscape research. As it also presents examples of successful integrative PhD studies, it is not only valuable for experienced scientists but will also help other PhD students find their way in integrative research.

Written for:

  • PhD students, research students and young faculty members involved in interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary landscape research projects
  • Faculty and contract researchers in landscape ecology, landscape planning, landscape architecture, geography, environmental management
  • Research managers and research policy-makers with regards to integrative environmental studies


  • Trends in landscape research and landscape planning: implicationsfor PhD students; Gunther Tress, Bärbel Tress, Gary Fry and Marc Antrop.
Developing integrative theory and concepts:
  • Defining concepts and process of knowledge production in integrative research; Bärbel Tress, Gunther Tress andGary Fry.
  • From holistic landscape synthesis to transdisciplinary landscape management; Marc Antrop.
  • Ecosystem networks: a spatial concept for integrative research and planning of landscapes; Paul Opdam.
  • Integrating physical and human dynamics in landscape trajectories: exemplified at the Aulnages watershed (Québec, Canada); Julie Ruiz and Gérald Domon.
  • Challenges of interdisciplinarity for forest management and landscape perception research; John L. Lewis.
  • Landscape's ocular-centrism: and beyond? Hannah Macpherson.
Developing integrative tools and methods:
  • Bio-regional pattern and spatial narratives for integrative landscape research and design; Janet Silbernagel.
  • Theories, methods and strategies for sustainable landscape planning; Jack Ahern.
  • Water quality modelling for decision-making: the drinking-water watersheds of Sydney, Australia; Les McNamara.
  • Integrating landscape and water resources planning with focus on sustainability; Helena Sousa Ferreira and André Botequilha Leitao.
  • Changing conceptualization of landscape in English landscape assessment methods; Laura Hurni Jensen.
  • European nature conservation policy: challenges for local implementation in Germany; Alexandra Sauer.- Training and education for integration: PhD students and integrative research; Gary Fry, Bärbel Tress and Gunther Tress.
  • Educating the children of the mode-2 revolution; Nick Winder.
  • Effective communication in integrative projects; Richard Hobbs.
  • Ten steps to success in integrative research projects; Bärbel Tress, Gunther Tress and Gary Fry.
  • How to publish a peer-reviewed research paper from integrative landscape research; Gunther Tress, Bärbel Tress andGary Fry;
Applying integrative concepts:
  • Linking preference for environments with their restorative quality; Terry Hartig and Henk Staats.
  • Nature meets aesthetics on cultural grounds: a multidisciplinary study of grave mounds in Norway; Mari Sundli Tveit.
  • Sustaining urban ecosystem services with local stewards participation in Stockholm (Sweden); Stephan Barthel.
  • Integrating nature conservation and landscape management in farming systems in the Friesian Woodlands; Paul Swagemakers and Johannes S.C. Wiskerke.
  • Building landscape memory through combined sources: commons afforestation in Portugal; Ana Isabel Queiroz.
  • Integrating landscape ecology in environmental impact assessment using GIS and ecological modeling; Mikael Gontier.
  • Applying special heterogeneity indices in changing landscapes in the Czech Republic; Katerina Pixova and Petr Sklenicka
  • Integration of ecological knowledge at a landscape level for conservation policies in agricultural areas; Maria J. Pacha.
  • Setting up an integrative research approach for sustaining wild rice (Zizania palustris) in the Upper Great Lakes Region of North America; Anette Drewes and Janet Silbernagel.
  • Established and recent policy arrangements for river management in The Netherlands: an analysis of discourses; Irene Immink.
  • From river to ridge: local governance and the implementation of improved water management; Julie Nimmo.
  • Conclusion: Considerations for future education in integrative landscape research; Gunther Tress, Bärbel Tress, Gary Fry, Paul Opdam, Jack Ahern,Marc Antrop, Terry Hartig, Richard Hobbs, David Miller, Janet Silbernagel and Nick Winder.
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