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UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)

Landscape Decisions Film

This project was funded by UKRI and involved many research led projects across the United Kingdom. Our task has been to document some of the incredible work undertaken with a series of films and an overview animation 

An overview of the project can be seen below. and more detail can be found here 

Individually and as a society we make lots of complex decisions about how we use landscapes.

We need to make sure the decisions we make are the best possible.

Understanding will lead to more sustainable ways of using the land, support biodiversity, benefit our economy and our livelihoods, and the health and well-being of individuals and society as a whole, now and in the future.

By bringing together multidisciplinary research projects and working with policy makers and land management partners. Our projects will start to offer better ways of making complicated choices about how we use our precious land.


Connecting disadvantaged young people with the landscape through arts


Dr Candice Satchwell – NW England

The health and well-being benefits of being in the outdoors are well-documented, but children and young people who would benefit most are often those who face barriers to access and acceptance.

Currently the views of disadvantaged groups, and particularly young people, are often disregarded in decision-making about land-use and landscape. In this project she worked with diverse artists and groups of children and young people in three areas of NW England, to collect and convey disadvantaged young people’s perspectives on landscapes local to them.


Decommissioning – Energy landscapes, heritage & community


Dr Benjamin Anderson – England

This Project aims to establish a new role for local communities in decommissioning large industrial facilities.This Project aims to establish a new role for local communities in decommissioning large industrial facilities.

As the UK aims to achieve a zero-carbon economy, one impact will be
to transform of much of the UK’s 20th century energy infrastructure – a change comparable to the end of coal mining.

Decommissioning the Twentieth Century, and its sister project, Planning Creativity will examine how techniques and knowledge from the Arts and Humanities can inform more genuine community involvement in what happens to sites in which many have invested much of their lives.


Landscapes of the mind. The importance of the arts in environmental research


Dr Anna Hicks – Edinburgh, Scotland

How does the landscape change over time and what does that mean to, and for, us? Our view of the landscape, and the actions we take to use and value it, are steered by a complex mix of factors. Increasingly, decision-makers are gathering around issues about the Earth, our environment and the nexus with society, “Do we want fracking or wind farms in this place?”; “Should a mine be opened or closed?”; “Should we bury our waste here?”; “Are we doing enough about climate change?” Addressing these complex questions requires a holistic approach to both understanding the problem and the actions we take to solve it. Decision-making requires an evidence base, but this has to be greater than the sum of its parts, requiring knowledge across seemingly disparate aspects of science and society.