SIMON BELL (Principal investigator)

Simon Bell, PhD, is chair professor of the Chair of Landscape Architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences (Tartu, Estonia). Professor Bell was originally a forester (B.Sc., Forestry, University of Wales) who took a master degree (University of Edinburgh), and PhD in landscape architecture (Estonian University of Life Sciences). His main research interests are People and the changing landscape, especially perception, role in national identity and public participatory planning, Outdoor recreation planning and design, Inclusive access design and management, especially in rural and countryside area, Forestry landscape design, Soviet landscape heritage and identity.

Research and practice led him to projects in the Baltic States and thus to Estonia where he has been teaching and researching since 2005, taking over as head of department in 2009.

His interest in the post-Soviet heritage and landscape led him to be involved in a network funded by Danish sources looking at the military heritage while his doctoral work examined rural landscape change in the post Soviet era. He has a PhD student working on the military landscapes. He has been involved in a wide range of international projects.

He is currently president of ECLAS – European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools.

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