Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Methods and Tools for Assessing Cultural Landscape Adaptation


Isabel de Sousa Rosa, Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Joana Corte Lopes, Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Ricardo Ribeiro, Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Ana Mendes, Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: April 23, 2017
Full Chapters Due: June 26, 2017
Submission Date: October 30, 2017


Landscape is the expression of the communities’ existence in the world, a way of representation of the relation that man established with ecological systems. This makes the concept of landscape as a sign of its relevance in the experience of human beings that since always were fascinated with their natural surroundings and have chosen privileged sites to settle, combining the selection and contemplation of appropriate places that met the needs of their ways of living. The fairly recent origin of this concept, emerged as a way of describing a new vision of the world, related with the representation of natural spaces or parts of the territory occupied and transformed by communities – implying a delimitation, a new image of the space around.
Hence, the main thing that gives a current relevance to landscape is, that it involves a relation: between physical spaces that support living systems and the existence of someone that contemplates, represents and transforms it by giving it a new meaning.
Presently, with the need to adequate visions and development strategies that respect simultaneously the ecological systems and the cultural diversity of the communities that inhabit a certain territory, landscape goes beyond a concept and is now considered a discipline, supporting integrative ways on inhabiting the territory. In this sense, we can consider a landscape approach by thinking of promoting resilient relations in the territory. This includes ways of understanding and influencing active processes of change, driven by alternative ways of sharing collective spaces through the use of governance methods that extend the possibilities of living the landscape. This is how landscape comes to a cultural approach: by interpreting it as a way of assigning a meaning to a place in its various dimensions, especially the signs that are left on the land.


This book will aim to provide a contemporary framework for addressing how innovative methods and tools can engage social and ecological components in the territory making possible to set future planning and management strategies for the emergent landscapes. The editors will seek to gather chapters that critically explore how the analysis, representation or management of the landscape components can contribute to knowledge innovation and multi-disciplinarity in the expression of human habitat.

This book will offer a platform for international authorship to publish their research, gathering information to:
- Reflect on the different perspectives of landscape research exploring new directions in its assessment methodologies and tools.
- Provide a reflection on the different meanings of socio-ecological interpretation providing guidance for the development of integrative approaches.
- Constitute the state of the art in collaborative research presenting innovative interdisciplinary knowledge.

Target Audience

- Academic researchers at University level within the environmental sciences and humanistic social sciences (such as Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Geography, Ecology, Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, History and Archaeology).
- University Students in the fields of landscape studies, territorial planning, heritage conservation, Landscape Ecology, Urban Forestry, socio-ecological studies, Spatial Analysis and GIS techniques.
- Practitioners and stakeholders that collaborate with research centres or other organizations (of governmental or nongovernmental scope at local or regional level) to develop sustainable governance strategies.

This book will provide insights for professionals developing work focused on ecological and/or social systems, working on planning/management strategies for communities aiming to meet local environmental and social challenges.

Recommended Topics

- Cultural landscape assessment
- Urban and/or rural settlement analysis
- Heritage values recognition
- Socio-ecological resilience
- Digital research tools (such as GIS)
- Territorial change representation
- Sustainable adaptative strategies
- Integrated landscape management
- Sustainable governance models

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 23, 2017, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by May 15, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 26, 2017, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline: April 23, 2017
Proposal Status Notification to Author: May 15, 2017
Full Chapter Submission: June 26, 2017
Review Process: June 26 – August 30, 2017
Revised Chapter Submission from Chapter Authors: September 30, 2017
Final Acceptance Notifications to Chapter Authors: October 15, 2017


Any general inquiries about the book can be forwarded to

Isabel de Sousa Rosa,
Joana Corte Lopes,
Ricardo Ribeiro, Ana Mendes,