OPENspace Research Seminar – Fiona Nevzati

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This is a recording from OPENspace Research Seminar by Fiona Nevzati, titled “Harnessing the Power of Cultural Ecosystem Services in Landscape Planning”. It was run online on Tuesday 23rd January 2024, 13:00-14:00 at Edinburgh College of Art and then repurposed as an OER under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence.

Seminar Title: Harnessing the Power of Cultural Ecosystem Services in Landscape Planning

This research explores how landscape changes impact well-being in the peri-urban context of Harku Municipality, Estonia. Using innovative methods, the study identifies specific landscape elements linked to enhanced well-being. By combining Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) and Cultural Ecosystem Service (CESs) frameworks, it reveals relationships between landscape types and cultural values. Through scenario-based assessments, experts and residents’ surveys, the study identifies satisfaction hotspots in villages within certain landscape belts, unveiling threats and trends resulting from landscape dynamics. This research offers insights for sustainable peri-urban planning, emphasizing the crucial role of nature conservation for both resident well-being and ecosystem health.

Speaker: Fiona Nevzati is a PhD candidate in landscape architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, specializing in ecosystem services-based landscape planning in the urban-rural gradient. She is also a visiting researcher at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Her research focuses on developing innovative and sustainable landscape solutions, exploring the balance between human interventions and natural environments. Merging theory and practice, Fiona aims to contribute to resilient landscapes while integrating the principles of ecosystem services. Her interest extends to teaching and working with students, and the areas of data interpretation and visualizations.


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Our posts on other seminars from the series 2023-24 can be found here:

OPENspace Research Seminar – Prof. Simon Bell

OPENspace Research Seminar – Dr Anna Wilczyńska and Dr Oleksandr Karasov

OPENspace Research Seminar – Iain Scott



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