Cover image Landscape and Urban Planning

(ARTICLE) Exploring research priorities in landscape architecture: An international Delphi study. Landscape and Urban Planning 2015 – Jurian V. Meijering; Hilde Tobi; Adri Vanden Brink; Fiona Morris; Diedrich Bruns.

Many of the world’s major challenges require responses that are embedded in landscape planning, design, and management. To date, however, it is unclear which research domains should form the core of a future landscape architecture research agenda. This study explored which domains landscape architecture experts prioritise as most important for landscape architecture as a research discipline and which domains they prioritise as most useful for landscape architecture practice.  (Read the paper HERE) Landscape and Urban Planning, Volume 137, May 2015, Pages 85–94



(EU RESEARCH) LP3LP Landscape Policy for the Three Countries Park, 2013

  • RWTH Aachen University: Prof. Dr. Frank Lohrberg, Timo Matti Wirth, Anja Brüll
  • Université libre de Bruxelles: Prof. Marie-Françoise Godart, Alain Coppens
  • Wageningen Universiteit: Annet Kempenaar, Dr. Marlies Brinkhuijsen, Fiona Morris

A researched plan to preserve, enhance and develop the qualities of the landscape of the area between the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium which is presently threatened by urbanisation. Read and download the report HERE.



(MSc. THESIS) Permacity – developing an ecological urban open space paradigm 2012

Fiona Morris

Using systems-thinking ecological design methodology, a city design scenario was produced envisioning a new urban open space paradigm of multi-functional, productive urban landscapes that address the present environmental meta-crisis using: integral reconciliation ecology, self-sustaining plantings, low-carbon maintenance, local governance, food security, and climate robustness. (Read the ABSTRACT HERE)


(ARTICLE) When Science Goes Feral (ecology, permaculture & society) 2012
Fiona Morris

Ecology has escaped the confines of science and gone feral in wider society where it is associated with positive environmental politics, ethics and choices. It exemplifies how scientific ideas can reach, touch, and catalyse a use for themselves in the public realm. They become simplified, anthropophilic, and employed as social tools. Ecologically-inspired principles are now being used by non-scientific communities to construct buildings, make gardens, and design production lines. Escapees from increasingly prolific and successful dissemination of scientific ideas in Society 2.0 will enable new communication with, or generate new feedback from, the non-academic community. They will colonise new territory, generate new opportunities for research and applied science, as well as provide an army of data-gathering volunteers. The challenge? To be ready and willing to capitalise on the heart, strength, and practical spirit of feral ideas whilst protecting their original standard without arrogance, ensuring the scientific progress which feeds this creative life-cycle of knowledge. (Read the paper HERE)

Reference: Morris, F.A. 2012. When Science Goes Feral. NJAS – Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences. Volume 59, Issues 1–2, March 2012, Pages 7–9.