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prof. dr. ir. M. (Theo) Spek

Professor of Landscape History


Landscape History is an interdisciplinary field in which historical, geographical, archaeological, toponymical and ecological concepts and methods are combined. The research of the Centre for Landscape Studies of the University of Groningen aims at the following five themes: 1. Wetland landscapes along the Wadden Sea and Zuiderzee: colonization, reclamation and water management of the coastal and peatland areas of the Northern Netherlands (800 -1600 AD); 2. Landscape, society and economy of the Pleistocene sandy landscapes of the Low Countries during the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period; 3. Comparative and interdisciplinary research on castles, country houses and landed estates in past and present; 4. Landscape biographies as a tool for spatial planning; 5. Historical ecology as a tool for nature and heritage management.  

Other positions

Member Expert Group Cultural Heritage of the European Commission (DG Research & Innovation); Member Editorial Board Journal Rural Landscapes (Stockholm University Press); Member Advisory Board Landscape & Heritage Series, Amsterdam University Press; Member Committee of Recommendation Dutch National Landscape Drentsche Aa Fund. Lid kernteam Kenniscentrum Aardbevingen en Duurzame Ontwikkeling RUG.
Last modified:03 September 2019 07.48 a.m.

Contact information

Oude Boteringestraat 34
9712 GK Groningen
The Netherlands

Kenniscentrum Landschap