#WeAreInternational

We are proud to support #WeAreInternational

We are deeply proud of our international university communities and what we gain from our diverse student and staff population is immeasurable. Scholars from across the continent and the world enhance our academic life, knowledge and our economic growth. They are central to the teaching of students and ensure that our research knows no geographical boundaries.

In the Department of Landscape we benefit from having a number of permanent international staff as well as visiting professors, who provide diverse perspectives that enhance our research and teaching.

We also have strong links with international Landscape schools that provide our students with life-changing opportunities to study abroad.

Landscape Architecture is a global discipline, which through the design, planning and management of places, can help tackle major problems – such as climate change and rapid urbanization – facing the world today.

Dr Anna Jorgensen
Director of Research

Landscape Architecture is a global discipline because..

“It addresses global problems such as climate change, unequal access to resources and the conservation of wildlife and biodiversity. All landscapes are connected; rivers span continents, seas join up and birds and mammals migrate for hundreds and thousands of miles.

Increasingly human populations migrate too. We can no longer dismiss this as someone elses problem. Migrants in Europe, from Africa and the Middle East provide a bridgehead between the developed west and developing countries and a wake-up call to address the root-causes of migration as well as its outcomes.”

Read more about Anna's work here.

Dr Anna Jorgensen
Dr Olaf Schroth

Dr Olaf Schroth
Lecturer

Landscape Architecture is a global discipline because..

"the drivers for landscape change are increasingly global and require global solutions. During recent decades, our landscapes have changed more dramatically than over centuries and the trend will continue. The main drivers are increased land take, decentralized energy resources, changes in agriculture and climate change.
If we want to address landscape change and its impacts, we need research and practice to collaborate with colleagues around the world. The ERASMUS+ program is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and we look back at a successful mutual exchange and collaborations with landscape practices on the continent and beyond, in countries such as China."

Read more about Olaf's work here.

Laurence Pattacini
University Teacher

Landscape Architecture is a global discipline because..

"landscape has no boundaries. My research relates to urban rivers; a good example of the global impact of natural landscape elements. A river might cross several countries on its journey from the source to the sea and the coordination of interventions on the river is essential to ensure successful water management and avoid disastrous flood events. Rivers might divide communities but also link different cultures and nationalities.

In teaching landscape architecture we celebrate the diversity of cultures and influences. The strength of our course is its international cohort of students sharing their ideas and practices related to the characteristics of the landscape of the country they come form."

Read more about Laurence's work here.


Laurence Pattacini

Dr Nicola Dempsey

Dr Nicola Dempsey
Senior Lecturer

My research is international because...

"to understand the way in which Landscape Architecture is relevant today is to understand landscapes as multi-layered, multi-use, multi-functional places. We have to challenge our idea of landscape by looking around us, beyond the channel, beyond the global north. As we continue to teach and welcome students and citizens from around the world, let’s understand the diverse cultural contexts that they come from. Understanding the real implications of the city – any city – requires an examination of the flows of people, knowledge, goods, services etc. from around the world. Every city is international."

Read more about Nicola's work here.

Dr Clare Rishbeth
Lecturer

My research is international because..

"it is focused on migration and the different ways people make sense and feel at home in new places of belonging. I believe it’s essential that Landscape Architecture holds together both the unique qualities of local places and the interconnected stories of global connections, nested within the form and materials and experiences of those. We need a culturally literate profession in times of social change."

  

Read more about Clare's work here.

Dr Clare Rishbeth
Professor Eckart Lange

Professor Eckart Lange
Professor of Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture is a global discipline because..

"Landscapes are international.
Animals and plants in landscapes are international.
People in landscapes are international.
Landscape architecture is respecting and caring for animals, plants and people and is international."

 

Read more about Eckart's work on how landscape architecture and environmental planning can influence and direct landscape change here.

Dr Jan Woudstra
Reader in Landscape History and Theory

Landscape architecture is a global discipline because...

"Throughout history landscape designers have always travelled the world, moving to where their skills were needed to implement projects according to the fashions of the day. They also visited and studied in other countries to gain inspiration, learn their craft, or discover new plants. In order to make advances landscape architects, like other creative professionals, require these foreign cultural stimuli and multidisciplinary exchange to broaden their scope and nurture ideas which will ultimately benefit their skills in shaping the environment."

Read more about Jan's work here.

Dr Jan Woudstra
Helen Woolley

Helen Woolley
Reader in Landscape Architecture and Society

Landscape Architecture is a global discipline because..

"children all over the world play and need space, time and permission to do so. The Landscape in which housing and settlements exist support so many everyday activities for people of all ages."

 

Read more about Helen’s work including her research concerning children’s play in post disaster environments here.

Dr Jo Birch
Research Associate

My research is global because...

"it is constantly informed by people whose lives aren’t always lived in Britain, whose memories, families and problems go beyond Britain.

My research has often considered matters of spatial boundaries where multiple insights matter and because people share the same spaces, food, resources, wildlife and rivers."

Jo is a Research Associate on the Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature project. More information can be found here.

Jo Birch (right)
Dr Agne Prochorskaite

Dr Agne Prochorskaite
Research Associate for International Research Development

Landscape Architecture is a global discipline because…

"working with researchers, practitioners and communities from other countries leads to an exchange of ideas and best practice, which in turn promote the creation of outdoor spaces that are not only more beautiful, but also healthier, more inclusive, and environmentally sustainable."

Agne works with academic colleagues within the Department of Landscape to help build international links and networks, and to develop international research projects and collaborations.

Andy Clayden
Senior Lecturer

We are international because...

"I have taught in the Department of Landscape for over 20 years. Throughout this time, the department has grown significantly and evolved hugely in terms of the diversity of students and staff, giving us all the opportunity to learn from many different cultures. This varied international perspective has shaped our appreciation and understanding of landscape and informs my research and teaching. If we hope to address the growing environmental and social challenges ahead we must continue to embrace the diversity of knowledge and ideas that this global community can bring."

Read more about Andy's work here.

Andy Clayden