European Conference of the

Landscape Research Group

Energy Landscapes

Perception, Planning, Participation

and Power

European Conference of the Landscape Research Group 2015

Energy Landscapes

Perception, Planning, Participation and Power


Thank you for attending the "Energy Landscapes" conference as well as for contributing to the programme and the vivid discussions! We also thank you for your positive feedback and wish you all the best!

The Local Organising Committee

photo of the Local Organising Committee

Important documents at a glance:

European landscapes are being reshaped by the growth in renewable energies and the ongoing exploitation of fossil resources such as lignite (brown coal) and shale gas. These forces are at the heart of debates on the assessment, appropriate design and governance of the emerging energy landscapes. European and national policies for energy transitions challenge conventional ways of perceiving and thinking about landscapes as well as established planning routines.
Key questions are:

  • Perception – How is the character, perception, assessment and social construction of landscapes influenced by present and past uses of energy?
  • Planning – Which types of landscape-related planning and governance regimes exist and how are they linked to landscape planning, spatial planning and energy policy?
  • Participation – In the face of energy transitions, to what extent are landscape policies inclusive and participatory? Which actors are involved and who is constituted as an actor in this regard?
  • Power – Which power relations shape the interplay of energies and landscapes? How can the workings of power be conceptualised and critically reflected?

The conference also welcomes presentations which are only loosely related to energy, for example on landscape assessment or governance in a broader sense.

About the Landscape Research Group

The Landscape Research Group, a charity founded in 1967, aims to promote research and understanding of the landscape for public benefit. We are concerned with all types and aspects of landscape, from wilderness and cultural landscapes to the built environment. We strive to stimulate research, transfer knowledge, encourage the exchange of ideas and promote practices which engage with landscape and environment. – Read more …

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