Landscape Specialty Group

Mission Statement

Founded in 2010, the Landscape Specialty Group provides a forum for geographers across the discipline working on issues related to human/environmental interaction, broadly understood. While landscape has a long history within the field of geography, particularly in cultural and historical geography, the Landscape Specialty Group is particularly interested in approaches that help bridge human and physical geography in innovative and creative ways. The group sees landscape as an inclusive concept for investigating the human and non-human objects, patterns and processes across scales from the local to the global. The Landscape Specialty Group provides a forum for geographers interested in landscape approaches that have in the past been seen as disparate and even contradictory, from biogeography and landscape ecology to cultural geography, so as to enable communication, share research, and discuss pedagogical issues related to landscape in geography.


The Landscape Specialty Group organizes special sessions, including paper and poster presentations, symposia, round-tables, and book reviews as well as other events as necessary at annual AAG National and regional meetings.


The Landscape Specialty Group serves as common ground for geographers with memberships in various other specialty groups, but who have a common interest in landscape issues.

Activities of the Landscape Specialty Group

While our membership represents a diversity of interests and affinities in other groups of the AAG, we see the LSG as a meeting ground where landscape can be enriched by this diversity. Given the landscape tradition and the purpose of the group, the LSG encourages creative activities that develop and push the boundaries of landscape thinking and practice.


Our activities include:


Membership

Dues are only $10 for regular membership and FREE for students and the members from developing regions. Please see here for more information and how to join.

How we view landscape: an inclusive concept for investigating the human and non-human objects, patterns and processes across scales from the local to the global. Our members study land use change, socio-ecological systems, land rights, cultural components of landscape, equity in landscape access, fragmentation and connectivity. We use landscape approaches across different fields to psh boundaries and encourage creative thinking around landscape. Two small photos: one of a desert and one of a flooded series of houses. Another large photo showing a mixed landscape with houses, agricultural land, and forested mountains.

Calendar of Events and Deadlines