Landscape and Communities


Research development

Landscapes and communities have both been the subject of long-standing study within a range of disciplines. The LACR theme aims to foster the development of the theory and practice of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, making use of developments in research methodologies including the use of digital datasets and technologies.

The Landscape and Communities Research (LACR) theme draws together academics from a range of disciplines to develop research that examines the constitution of, and relations between, communities and landscapes.

Research in this theme examines the material, regulative, symbolic and affective dimensions of both landscapes and communities. Studies will also explore the inter-connection and inter-constitution of landscape and community, examining these issues theoretically, empirically and practically. Issues will be considered in a wide range of contexts and include historical and international comparisons. This will stimulate broader and more nuanced understandings of landscapes and communities.

Contact: the theme leader for Landscape and Communities is Professor Martin Phillips.

Research Areas

LACR is currently developing research in the following areas:


Further details of Research Theme and these research areas are available here or click on one of the above Research Areas.


LACR is developing a range of resources and activities to support researchers. For details of these visit the 'Interactive' webpage.

Supporting agencies and councils

Research within this theme has been supported by funding from a range of agencies, including:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC)

Details of current funding opportunities of relevance to the Landscape and Community research theme are listed here.

Current and future research

Projects have been undertaken as part of major inter-disciplinary research programmes including Connected Communities, Bridging the Urban and Rural Divide (BURD), Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU).

It is expected that developing research will be of relevance to a series of emerging initiatives including:

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Points of Contact
Theme Leader: Professor Martin Phillips (
Theme website:

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Contact Details

College of Science and Engineering
Physics Building
University of Leicester 
Tel: 0116 252 3497