Our Projects

We are currently involved in a range of projects associated with Sustainable Extractive Landscape Futures. A flavour of some of these is given here. Please get in touch if you are interested in discussing them more!

Capturing atmospheric CO2 in legacy industrial landscapes

Industry leaves behind waste which can be a major influence on the landscape. Slag heaps of waste from iron, steel, paper and cement making could give these landscapes sustainable future. These waste products react with atmospheric carbon dioxide, locking it away in mineral form and preventing it from contributing to anthropogenic climate change.

Email john.macdonald.3@glasgow.ac.uk to find out more.

Legacy wastes in the coastal zone

Many extractive or industrial landscapes are by the coast. These landscapes contain a wide range of wastes from former industrial activity, which are now at risk from natural processes such as coastal erosion. Working in a consortium of researchers led by the University of Newcastle, we are determining the environmental risks posed by these coastal waste landscapes and creating guidance on their sustainable management futures.

Email john.macdonald.3@glasgow.ac.uk to find out more.

The Future of Ruins: Hashima

Hashima became the focus of a 2013 collaborative project funded by the AHRC called The Future of Ruins: Reclaiming Abandonment and Toxicity on Hashima Island, involving Deborah Dixon and collaborators from universities across the UK and Japan. This enigmatic and controversial island is largely artificial and is an extractive landscape made from displaced materials and peoples. Read more here.

Engaging with Challenging Landscapes: Spireslack

What do we do we ‘Carboniferous legacy’ landscapes? Abandoned opencast coal sites create challenges around pollution but offer opportunities for recreation and learning. This PhD project draws together human geography, biogeography, and the participation of the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust (SMRT) to interrogate the planned, and possible, futures of Scottish coalfields. Read more here.

Extractive Landscapes

Extractive Landscapes considers the extraction of resources for human consumption in Scotland as sculptural and performance processes. In this work, ‘resources’, like peat, oil, stone and water, are not understood as being removed, or extracted, from landscapes by humans. Rather, human and other-than-human matter is considered to be engaged in an ongoing process of mutual transformation. Extractive Landscapes is a commission from the Hunterian Art Gallery for a forthcoming exhibition called Dislocations, which features contemporary artists’ responses to landscape.

Email Minty.Donald@glasgow.ac.uk to find out more.


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