The cluster Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning consists of the following chair groups:
- Land Use Planning
- Landscape Architecture
The LSP group addresses three main themes:
Climate action, both in terms of mitigation and adaptation. Three subtopics can be distinguished:
- Urban Climate is about designing urban environments so that adverse effects of climate change are mitigated. (Key project: SOLOCLIM, H2020 MSCA EID, 1.6 mln Euro, 2019-2023; WIMEK CGs: Climate action)
- Water is about the design, planning and implementation of interventions in large river systems and coastal areas. (Key project: Infrascapes: understanding and designing infrastructure landscapes, RWS, Deltares & TAUW, 358 K Euro, 2018-2022; WIMEK CGs: Climate action, Managing our future biosphere)
- Energy Transition is about the spatial implications of renewable energy solutions. (Key project: Energy Gardens NL, De Natuur- en Milieu Federaties, 186 Eeuro, 2019-2024 WIMEK CGs: Climate action, Managing our future biosphere)
Transitions in the countryside, related to agricultural and nature policies, market developments, climate change and demography. Three subtopics can be distinguished:
- Securing biodiversity is about devising solutions to halt the decline in biodiversity, such as ecological networks and/or de-intensified agriculture around nature areas. (Key project: Phosphate rights as spatial instrument, WU, 130 K Euro, 2019-2021; WIMEK CGs: Managing our future biosphere)
- Circular agriculture is about functionality of diverse circular solutions and the spatial instruments to realize their implementation. (Key project: SPLENDID, NWO, 1.1 mln Euro, 2020-2025; WIMEK GCs: Advancing circular systems, Managing our future biosphere)
- Cultural ecosystem services is about the non-tangible benefits of landscapes and how they are affected by ecological restoration, cultural heritage or agricultural intensification. (Key project: Cultural ecosystem services of Chinese typical landscapes: Rethinking Non-Material Links between People and their Landscape, funder: -, 2016-2020; WIMEK CGs: Managing our future biosphere)
Urban developments & Mobility, related to economic activities, housing, public space and infrastructure. Two subtopics can be distinguished:
- Modes of governance is about how governmental decentralisation and devolution of traditional public responsibilities (e.g. housing, transport) gives rise to new forms of urban development. (Key project: R-LINK, NWO, 1.4 mln Euro, 2016-2020; WIMEK GCs: Managing our future biosphere)
- Sustainable and inclusive mobility takes an individual and ethical perspective to understand how, where and why we move.
The cluster has a daily board consisting of the two chairholders, an education coordinator, a research coordinator, the administrator and the secretary. This board meets once a month and takes decisions on staff, expenditures, facilities, education, phds, and acquisition. The entire cluster meets once a month, and part of this meeting is a presentation of the work done by one of the staff members. The chairholders formulate a research vision for their own chairgroup, but ensure that it fits within the commonly agreed LSP vision. All staff members (2 associate profs, 11 assistant profs, 6 lecturers, 4 postdocs, 15 phds, 4 supporting staff) fall under one of the two chairs, with the exception of the administrator.