A question of what matters: landscape characterisation as a process of situated, problem-orientated public discourse

Dalglish, C. and Leslie, A. (2016) A question of what matters: landscape characterisation as a process of situated, problem-orientated public discourse. Landscape Research, 41(2), pp. 212-226. (doi: 10.1080/01426397.2015.1135319)

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Sustainable development is a principle with the potential to inspire and guide action, but it is also a nebulous idea which is hard to operationalise. The concept of landscape character helps to turn this principle into practical action. Landscape character can be defined as ‘the things that matter’ about a landscape. Landscape characterisation is the process of determining what matters by identifying and assessing the complex interactions and relationships between people and their environment. The central argument of this paper is that existing approaches to characterisation are failing to realise the full potential of the process for the pursuit of more just and sustainable landscapes. A transformed process of characterisation is needed: one which is situated, problem-orientated and rooted in public discourse. This approach is outlined in theoretical terms and its fuller potential is signposted through the particular example of Govan, an urban landscape in Scotland.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Leslie, Dr Alan and Dalglish, Dr Christopher
Authors: Dalglish, C., and Leslie, A.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Landscape Research
ISSN (Online):1469-9710
Published Online:06 February 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Landscape Research Group Ltd.
First Published:First published in Landscape Research 41(2):212-226
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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