3rd IALE - Europe Intensive PhD Course in Landscape Ecology

Cultural Landscapes, Sustainability and New Modes of Governance


4-9 October 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark

The education in landscape ecology is put high on the agenda of IALE-Europe, especially the support and training of PhD students. Therefore, we aim to organise, in collaboration with national organizers, an intensive PhD course on a relevant subject in the European context. After the two first editions (Évora 2012 and Manchester 2013), the next course will be organized in Copenhagen (Denmark). 


The overall theme of the PhD course is ”Cultural landscapes, sustainability and new modes of governance”. We will provide a platform to discuss the state-of-art fornew governance activities targeted cultural landscapes seen from a landscape ecological approach and shade light on how governance activities might operate:

  • What are the institutional set-ups for such activities?
  • How do they work in practice?
  • What are the outputs in term of new plans, policies and management? 
  • What are the outcomes in term of sustainability, landscape changes and local social capital? 
  • What are the consequences of such activities in terms of professional skills and competences as well as in terms of continuity in policy objectives and goals?

The format of the course is a combination of lectures and group discussion on an interactive way. To create an open atmosphere and to increase the interaction,
the course is limited to a maximum of 25 students. Students should send a paper issuing from their PhD work, which will be improved through discussions with both lecturers and other students. The course is open to PhD students from all over the world in different stages of their PhD research.The course will start with a welcome event, followed by a full day seminar to be held at Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen (Frederiksberg Campus). The following days (6th-9th October) will take place in a rural environment in Jutland at Thyregod Conference Centre. This location is already studied and well known by the organizing committee and will form the departure for excursions and meetings with a farm community engaged in collaborative landscape planning. Common transport from Copenhagen to Jutland will be arranged. 


The participants are required to attend the entire course. Selection of participants is done based on abstracts to be sent until June 1st. The course is a joint organization of IALE-Europe and the Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management (IGN), University of Copenhagen and is sponsored by IALE  International, IALE-Europe and University of Copenhagen. 


More information (detailed description, deadlines and application form) can be found on the website of IALE-Europe:


Contacts: Lone Søderkvist Kristensen (lokr(at) and Veerle Van Eetvelde (veerle.vaneetvelde(at)



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