Programme Coordination Team, Landscape Decisions - Towards a new framework for using land assets

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leicester
Department Name: Sch of Geog, Geol & the Environment

Abstract

The Strategic Priority Fund (SPF) programme 'Landscape Decisions: towards a new framework for using land assets' is delivering a new framework for land management decisions. It draws on social science, economics, natural science, mathematics and modelling, in order to provide solutions to delivering a 'Green Brexit' that enables the United Kingdom to achieve Defra's ambitious 25-year environment plan: clean air by reducing air pollution, clean and plentiful water under conditions of a changing climate, thriving plants and wildlife by protecting and enhancing biodiversity, reducing the risks of harm from environmental hazards, using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently, enhancing the beauty, heritage and engagement with our natural landscapes, mitigating and adapting our landscapes to climate change, minimising waste, managing exposure to chemicals and enhancing biosecurity.
The Programme Coordination Team will bring together new knowledge from many academic subjects to provide a cohesive programme that will deliver against the research questions articulated for the SPF Landscape decisions into and a new set of decision-making tools. The PCT combines specialist expertise at senior academic level in natural sciences, landscape research, social geography, and mathematics, pure and applied to ecology and ecological complexity. Beyond the discipline specific expertise, the team also includes champions for change, who are senior members of the university, able to navigate the complex, political and institutional landscapes, able to break down the silos and work cross boundaries. We have identified three champions who will be playing a pivotal role in ensuring the delivery of our impact strategy in the areas of policy, academia-business interactions and interdisciplinarity. By fostering interdisciplinarity, establishing a new research community from the diverse research base and with a strong and innovative communication plan we will promote these new tools to landscape decision makers in parliament, government agencies and the private sector. The new tools and knowledge will allow different land users to plan their landscape decisions in a much more coordinated way. This will lead to a better quality of the environment in the United Kingdom under a post-EU regulatory framework.
To achieve this vision, the Programme Coordination Team will organise a series of community workshops and other events to bring together experts from different fields with land managers and decision makers. It will coordinate the main work packages in the Programme and ensure that the new knowledge from these is put together into practical solutions.

Planned Impact

The Landscape Decisions SPF has clearly stated objectives in terms of establishing a holistic framework for land use decision making based on the emergence of a new community capable of articulating complex information and providing evidence-based results. Part of the success of the programme will therefore be its impact on policy. Measures of the policy impact will include:
1. Development of a new, active and influential multi-stakeholders community
2. Changes in policy through influence of decision makers, industry and end users
3. Ensuring the research undertaken within the programme is put into use
4. Capacity strengthening, providing a supportive climate for academic researchers to move towards interdisciplinary research linking new mathematics, new model solutions and new thinking and community

Who might benefit from this research?
We have identified users (landscape decision makers) in three concentric spheres of influence:
(i) Core users have a direct political mandate for landscape decisions and are DEFRA, the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
(ii) The expanded user community involves key decision makers with responsibility for land use policies, land use decisions and delivery of ecosystem services, and includes Natural England, Forestry Commission and devolved administrations, and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).
(iii) The wider user community includes organisations that facilitate and/or deliver digital environmental services and data (Satellite Applications Catapult, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, James Hutton Institute, UK Space Agency, Innovate UK, Environment Systems and similar businesses) and organisations with landscape decisions interests (National Trust, English Heritage, National Farmers Union, utility companies, National Rail, RSPB, Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust, Institute of Chartered Foresters etc.).

How might they benefit from this research?
The Programme Coordination Team will have three Champions for Change who will play a pivotal role in ensuring the delivery of our impact strategy in the areas of (i) Policy (Prof. Paul van Gardingen), (ii) Research and Enterprise (Prof. Iain Gillespie) and (iii) Interdisciplinarity (Prof. Lisa Smith). The champions are influential senior members of the university, able to navigate the complex, political and institutional landscapes, to break down silos and work across boundaries. They will actively contribute to the translation of the research outcomes into policy and practice. The user communities outlined above will benefit in the following ways:
(i) Core users will benefit from the new thinking about landscape decisions through the transformational new thinking about polycentric multiscale landscape decision making and the new tools that will be developed in the Programme. These will enable DEFRA, the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Northern Ireland Environment Agency to achieve the DEFRA 25-year plan and establish a better regulatory framework based on the principles of 'Environmental Land Management' (i.e. payment for ecosystem services) once the UK leaves the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union. This new thinking and knowledge are required to deal with the complexity of the decision making processes, the multiple and sometimes competing requirements on ecosystem services and the dependence of land users on a reliable scheme of land use policies that is fit for purpose and future proof.
(ii) The expanded user community will benefit from the translation of new multidimensional landscape decision making tools for land use policies, land use decisions and delivery of ecosystem services.
(iii) The wider user community will benefit from new applications of digital environmental services and data, leading to economic growth.

Organisations

 
Description At the whole programme level significant findings have included better understanding the needs and evidence gaps in future landscape decision making, fertilisation of cross discipline collaborations on some of the key themes facing current landscape decision making, and understanding the synergies between the wide range of projects within the programme.

We have highlighted the mechanisms are our projects using to inform policy and ensured that this is disseminated across a wider audience than originally planned. Our work has highlighted the clear need for a practical product or products for aiding decision making on the ground or at national/regional/local level that can be used and data from it analysed by land-managers/owners/users and planners - giving land-users a voice in the decision making process.

During our interactions with policy-makers and stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds, we have drafted a policy report setting out good practice guidelines for participatory strategies towards net zero carbon in the UK.
Exploitation Route Further research programmes would have a solid foundation to build on.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Energy,Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://doi.org/10.25392/leicester.data.19011629
 
Description The emergence of a new community of researchers capable of articulating complex decision making and providing evidence-based results to multiple stakeholders across different levels, this will feed directly into a number of UK policy initiatives including, but not limited to the Defra 25-year plan, allowing policy makers to benefit from an increased ability to make fully informed policy decisions on landscape management that lead to a healthier environment, providing stable food supplies and other ecosystem services and also benefiting the general population by creating resilient, accessible landscapes for all. The programme has engaged with the rotator to inform future research priorities in this field of study for UKRI.
First Year Of Impact 2021
Sector Environment,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Appointment to the Scientific Steering Committee for Land Use/Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) for the UK national Greenhouse Gas Account
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description YouTube channel
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMhiieyfnhuycxy3e_VkF-A/playlists
 
Description Collaboration with Isaac Newton Institute to hold workshop 'Integrating quantitative social, ecological and mathematical sciences into landscape decision-making' 
Organisation Isaac Newton Institute
Country Chile 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The PCT worked with the INI and University of Cambridge teams to plan and present at this event
Collaborator Contribution Hosting and joint planning
Impact Online workshop and report to be produced by INI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Black Environment Network
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Committee on Climate Change (CCC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Country Land and Business Association
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Crown Estate
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Duchy of Cornwall
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Environment Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Environment Platform Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Forest Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Forestry Commission
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Government of Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Government of Wales
Department Cadw
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Government of Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Historic England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Historic Environment Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Joint Nature Conservancy Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Local Government Association
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Ministry of Defence (MOD)
Department Defence Infrastructure Organisation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation National Farmers Union
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation National Parks Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation National Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation National Trust for Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Natural England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Natural Resources Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation The National Forest Company
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation The Wildlife Trusts
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Town & Country Planning Association
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with key stakeholder organisations 
Organisation Woodland Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentations, workshops, reports and discussions regarding joint events
Collaborator Contribution Internal and external presentations, KE and input in workshops, championing the programme and constituent projects within the stakeholder organisation and externally with other stakeholders
Impact Report on wave 3 SPF planning for UKRI
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with the Royal Society to carry out citizen's jury events in all four home countries 
Organisation The Royal Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution contributions at 4 meetings and a working group to integrate events between the Living Landscapes and Landscape Decisions Programmes
Collaborator Contribution Commissioning of external agency
Impact Outcomes expected in 2020
Start Year 2019
 
Description Defra co-convened workshops 2022 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Leading on planning and delivery of a co-convened workshop(s) directly linking LDP projects/programme with various Defra and central and devolved government departments
Collaborator Contribution Planning co-convened workshop(s)
Impact No outputs or outcomes yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Introducing Landscape Decisions within Welsh Government with particular reference to the governance of heritage assets 
Organisation Government of Wales
Department Cadw
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Presentation at the Welsh Assembly Government
Collaborator Contribution N/A
Impact Direct involvement of CADW policy section with the Landscape Decisions Programme
Start Year 2020
 
Description Network building, championing and increasing programme impact 
Organisation Landscape Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Prof Baltzer presented at the Landscape Institute Jellicoe Lecture
Collaborator Contribution Expertise and policy knowledge
Impact N/A
Start Year 2019
 
Description Workshop planning with Centre for Digital Built Britain 
Organisation Digital Built Britain
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Members of the PCT worked with the team from cdbb to plan a multi-disciplinary workshop on integrated modelling for built and natural environments in which several of the LDP constituent projects took a major role
Collaborator Contribution Joint planning and hosting the final event
Impact A report produced by the cdbb
Start Year 2021
 
Description Balancing priorities in land use decision-making? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Participants were given the task of trying to move towards an understanding of the processes and consequences of land-use decision making and identifying the best options through a series of small breakout groups and plenary sessions.

Working together using an online platform to brainstorm ideas, punctuated by short plenary sessions that focussed on examples led by stakeholder organisations and LDP (Landscape Decisions Programme) project teams. Speakers shared their understanding of the current situation and the whole group discussed different perspectives and opinions around the 'best' options, where there is common ground, how we might identify the best options and deal with uncertainty in the process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Copid with Covid: a brainstorming workshop for research projects 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact KE around ideas for dealing with the issues facing research projects due to the Covid-19 crisis, following the event a brief report was produced and circulated; a further short online report has been produced for more general release
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://landscapedecisions.org/outputs/
 
Description Facilitating better land-use decisions: Increasing the likelihood that land-use decisions will make use of evidence 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In this workshop, we focused on facilitation, including giving consideration to how we might best frame dialogue to find out what evidence or data would actually be useful for different groups of stakeholders, and in what form they would find analysis most useful.
As balancing acts for researchers, we explored when it is or is not useful to simplify, to what degree, and we thought about capacity to distil even 'big data' into useful forms for decision-makers.
Finally, we took a step back and thought about the big picture: what makes a decision-making system robust and how decision-making frameworks might be improved to facilitate better land-use decisions in the context of ever-evolving questions and issues, tools, evidence and ability to analyse the implications of data.
The main aim for this workshop was to explore how evidence can be presented so that it is black and white enough, and simple enough, and has implications in a reasonably near time frame - as well as being easy to use - so that decision-makers will take it up? And yet do this without undermining the complexity that is reality? How can all this work in the face of constant change?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Facilitating better land-use decisions: Innovation and the role(s) of researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact We designed workshop four to give participants the opportunity to decide on the topics under discussion themselves. A poll was sent out ahead of the event and the results used to guide our topic and questions for the day which were focused on innovation and the role(s) of researchers in how best to interpret multifunctional landscapes, where current challenges lie and what alternatives to the current well used concepts could be effectively exp explored.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Introducing the LDP Fellows 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A press release introducing the 7 LDP Fellows
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://landscapedecisions.org/2020/10/26/the-landscape-decisions-programme-welcomes-seven-new-fello...
 
Description Introducing the newly appointed Landscape Heritage Research Network projects to the wider programme and championing the Fellowship call 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim was to bring together the recipients of the Landscape and Heritage Research Networking Projects (LHRN) and the Landscape Decisions Programme Coordination Team to help ensure that the LHRN projects add significant value to the wider Landscape Decisions Programme, and to help the recipients of the LHRN grants in applying for further funding via the Follow-on-Funding stream.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Landscape Decisions Blog - Lessons Learnt from multidisciplinary writing groups 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Landscape Decisions Programme Coordination Team (PCT) have been running a set of writing groups to bring together researchers from across the network. These have been cross discipline working groups addressing some of the bigger picture topics the PCT identified coming out of the first whole programme level workshop in 2020. As this process draws to a close now the groups' hard work is coming to fruition, Beth Cole reflects on the process, the outcomes, and lessons learnt from leading these diverse writing groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://landscapedecisions.org/2022/02/17/lessons-learnt-writing-groups/
 
Description Meetings with Defra Evidence Team 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof. Balzter represents the UKRI Landscape Decisions Programme Coordination Team at regular meetings with the Defra Evidence team and other agencies, including Environment Agency.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020,2021
 
Description Net Zero Report press release 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Multiple coordinated press releases arising from the release of the Programme Net Zero report in partnership with UKRI, the University of Leicester, the University of Reading and several other partner universities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Networking event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A virtual conference to build the LDP network that included:
Introductory Videos from all 59 projects
Focused meetings on a virtual platform
OUTCOMES
Focused writing groups producing papers/policy notes etc
Videos and associated web-pages for each project plus 'plenary' videos from members of the PCT
Understanding the activities in the programme i.e. helping projects see the big picture
Networking and a focus on synthesis and links between the projects aligned with policy relevant topics
Increased engagement across the network and between work-packages
Over 100 people attended the various sessions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMhiieyfnhuycxy3e_VkF-A/playlists
 
Description Presentation to the Contemporary Environments Research Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Introducing the programme and it's context to the group
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Understanding human?decision-making? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact participants dug into the balancing acts that are integral to processes of land-use decision making; groups were asked to think about what a 'good' decision looks like, identify options across different scales (local, regional, national) and discuss how to balance competing priorities.

This was about the human side of land-use decision-making - which, not surprisingly, makes the process 'messy. We dug into issues of varying levels and types of control over the process, the challenge of amplifying typically 'quiet' voices and how to ensure that the priorities of diverse groups are all factored into decision-making.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Website linked to programme level and individual project YouTube presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The programme website has had over 2 thousand visitors and the YouTube videos have been viewed over 200 times by a wide variety of stakeholders and interested researchers. Links to synergy projects and programmes have grown since the launch and we are currently investigating collaborative working with three other projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://landscapedecisions.org/projects/
 
Description Workshop - Landscapes 2030 stakeholder evidence and research needs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A workshop designed to work with key stakeholder groups and move towards an understanding of the step-changes needed in landscape decision making to benefit the economy, the environment and society in the UK, and understand what new thinking and/or approaches are needed by organisations to deliver relevant evidence and knowledge in landscape decision making
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Written in the Land Reflections and Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Landscape Decisions Programme worked with established authors Emily Diamand and Patrick Laurie to offer a writing tuition course for farmers and land workers across Britain. Written in the Land offered applicants from across the UK support through a range of subjects designed to improve their skills as writers, and help give them a 'voice' with policy-makers and others. Pilot workshops had first been devised as part of the Landscape Decisions Programme Tipping Points project and Pen and Plough collaboration by Dr Pippa Marland at the University of Bristol. Following the workshops an online exhibition was created.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://landscapedecisions.org/category/events/
 
Description YouTube Channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact As part of our KE programme of activities we set up a YouTube channel to showcase project and programme videos; our plans were brought forward as a direct result of the Covid-19 crisis which meant that we were unable to hold more traditional networking events
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMhiieyfnhuycxy3e_VkF-A/playlists