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

Professor of Landscape History

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


Research interests 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.

  1. The future of the past: Towards a better integration of cultural heritage in landscape management

    Spek, T., 1-Jan-2017, The Science and Practice of Landscape Stewardship. Bieling, C. & Plieninger, T. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 148-163 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

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

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

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceOtherAcademic

  3. 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

  4. 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

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  1. 20th EGU General Assembly, EGU 2018

    Erik Querner (Speaker), Erik Meijles (Contributor), Harry Jager (Contributor), Paul Hendriks (Contributor), Mattheus Spek (Contributor)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conferenceAcademic

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

    Erik Meijles (Chair), Mattheus Spek (Chair)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising an eventAcademic

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