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. Mapping the European landscape: Possibilities and challenges

    Spek, T., 1999, Proceedings of the European Workshop on Sustainable landscapes and vegetation changes of the Remote Sensing for Environment Research Programme (RESE), Stockholm, December 10-12 1998. Ihse, M. & Sporrong, U. (eds.). Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

  2. Interactions between humans and woodland in prehistoric and medieval Drenthe (The Netherlands): An interdisciplinary approach

    Spek, T., 1998, The Ecological History of European Forests. Kirby, K. J. & Watkins, C. (eds.). Wallingford/New York: CAB International, p. 81-93 13 p.

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

  3. A bird never flies on one wing. A multidisciplinary approach to the study of prehistoric and medieval field systems in the north of the Netherlands

    Spek, T., 1998, Rural landscape between State and Local Communities in Europe, Past and Present : Proceedings of the 16th Session of the Standing European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape, Torino 12-16 September 1994. Sereno, P. & Sturani, M. L. (eds.). Torino: Edizioni dell’Orso, p. 267-294 28 p.

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

  4. Verdronken dekzandgronden in Zuidelijk Flevoland (archeologische opgraving 'A27-Hoge Vaart'): Interdisciplinaire studie naar de veranderingen van bodem en landschap in het Mesolithicum en Vroeg-Neolithicum

    Spek, T., Bisdom, E. B. A. & van Smeerdijk, D. G., 1997, Wageningen: DLO Staring Centrum. 187 p. (Rapport / DLO-Staring Centrum; no. 472.1)

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

  5. Van de Hunnepe tot de zee. De geschiedenis van het waterschap Salland

    Spek, T., Raap, E. & Zeiler, F. D., 1996, Kampen: IJsselacademie. 264 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

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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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