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

Professor of Landscape History

Research

Research interests

Prof.dr.ir. Theo Spek (1963) is a full professor of Landscape History at the University of Groningen since 2010. Between 1990 and 2003 he worked as a researcher and project leader in landscape studies at Wageningen University and Research Centre. Between 2004 and 2010 he worked as a programme leader in cultural heritage studies at the National Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. In 2010 he founded the Centre for Landscape Studies at this university, dedicated to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary landscape studies.  Research topics are: 1. Wetland landscapes along the Wadden Sea and Zuiderzee 800-1600 AD; 2. Landscape, society and economy in the Pleistocene sandy areas of the Low Countries; 3. Historical ecology as a tool for the integration of nature and heritage management; 4. The cultural biography of landscape as a tool for communicative planning and heritage management.

Publications
  1. Organised session - Rewilding landscapes for the future - learning from the past.

    Meijles, E. & Spek, M., 2016.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceOtherAcademic

  2. Route persistence. Modelling and quantifying historical route-network stability from the Roman period to early-modern times (AD 100–1600): a case study from the Netherlands

    van Lanen, R. J., Groenewoudt, B., Spek, M. & Jansma, E., Aug-2018, In : Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. 10, 5, p. 1037–1052 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  3. Betrokken land: reflecties over de toekomst van het landschap in het aardbevingsgebied van Groningen.

    Spek, M., 1-Sep-2016, Dromen over Groningen 2050 : vriendenboek Max van den Berg. . Smit, F. (ed.). Groningen: University of Groningen, 2 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterPopular

  4. Leestekens van het Landschap: een nieuwe website over kleine landschapselementen.

    Borsen, O., van Herwaarden, G-J. & Spek, M., 1-Nov-2016, In : Vakblad Natuur, Bos en Landschap. 129, p. 36-39 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

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Activities
  1. 20th EGU General Assembly, EGU 2018

    Erik Querner (Speaker), Erik Meijles (Contributor), Harry Jager (Contributor), Paul Hendriks (Contributor), Mattheus Spek (Contributor)
    4-Apr-201813-Apr-2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conferenceAcademic

  2. PECSRL conference. Innsbruck, Austria, 5-9 sept 2016.

    Erik Meijles (Chair), Mattheus Spek (Chair)
    6-Sep-2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising an eventAcademic

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