Francesco Carrer

Technical director

Background: PhD in Archaeology at the University of Trento (Italy), he has worked as researcher at the University of York and Newcastle University (UK). He is a landscape archaeologist with a particular interest for human interaction with the environment in a diachronic perspective. He is one of the main experts of mountain archaeology in Europe.

Experience: Francesco is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist and spatial analyst, with an extensive experience of open-source software and programming languages for management, analysis and modelling of geographical data. In particular, he works with GRASS GIS, Quantum GIS and R. He has a well-established expertise in Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) and in the quantitative analysis of HLC datasets.

Languages: Italian, English, French

Niels Dabaut

Business director & Founder

Background: MSc in Geography at Ghent University (Belgium) and MSc in Conservation of Monuments and Sites at the Raymond Lemaire International Institute for conservation (KU Leuven, Belgium). He worked at a research associate at the University of Ghent and as a project coordinator at Kempens Landschap vzw. He has a particular interest in landscape and heritage management and policy and uses people-centred and historically-informed perspectives as a basis for landscape planning.

Experience: Niels is a public participatory GIS specialist and has experience in landscape characterisation, heritage and landscape management plans and UNESCO World Heritage nomination files. He has worked with the landscape focused-network CHeriScape developing policy recommendation on the links between modern ideas about heritage and the interdisciplinary interpretation of landscape. He has a well-established expertise in landscape characterisation and in qualitative landscape analysis for policy.

Languages: Dutch, English, French

Stelios Lekakis

Creative Director

Background: Stelios studied classical archaeology and heritage management at the University of Athens and the University College London. He is currently a researcher at Newcastle University (landscape heritage, perception & management) and teaches cultural management at the Open University of Cyprus and political economy at the Hellenic Open University.

Experience: Stelios works with NGOs (a founding member of MONUMENTA) and university departments as a cultural heritage consultant, focusing on participatory management and cultural informatics projects. He has published extensively in various academic journals and edited volumes on public archaeology, heritage politics and the commons.

Languages: Greek, English, Turkish

Sam Turner

Research and Development Director

Background: Sam’s PhD in landscape archaeology is from University of York (UK), with later experience working in local government (Devon County Council, UK) and academia (Newcastle University). His main expertise lies in the area of interdisciplinary landscape research, especially understanding the contributions of long-term landscape history to landscape character and heritage.

Experience: Sam is an experienced leader of research and innovation projects. He has directed or participated in collaborations with regional, national and international partners in more than 20 countries and published over 100 peer-reviewed books, papers and datasets. He is interested in quantitative and qualitative landscape research including field survey and character assessment. He has worked extensively on the development of tools for landscape management and planning which support the implementation of the European Landscape Convention.

Languages: English, French