Dr. María Gar­cía-Mar­tín

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Maria Garcia-Martin works since March 2018 at the Chair of Social-Ecological Interactions in Agricultural System at the Universities of Göttingen and Kassel. She also collaborates with the Chair of Societal Transition and Agriculture at the University of Hohenheim.
She holds a degree in Geography and a Master in Land Planning and Sustainable Local Development (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). After her studies she worked as environmental consultant at Melissa Consultoría e Ingeniería Ambiental on the implementation of the European Landscape Convention at a regional and municipal level (2011 to 2013). From 2014 to 2017 she was a researcher at the Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology at the University of Freiburg, where she conducted her PhD studies with the title “Connecting with landscapes for sustainability: Characteristics of, challenges to, and opportunities for integrated landscape management in Europe”.

Research Specialisations

She is interested in the broad field of human-landscapes interactions with a focus on societal transitions towards landscape sustainability. She pays particular attention to integrated landscape management approaches and to the study of the personal interaction with places for cultivating landscape stewardship. She conducts transdisciplinary, participatory place-based research mainly in European rural and peri-urban landscapes. 

From 2014 to 2016 she was part of the European research project HERCULES (Sustainable futures for Europe´s HERitage in CULtural landscapES: Tools for understanding, managing, and protecting landscape functions and values; within the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program). Currently she is involved in the DAAD funded cooperation project GAtES (German-Armenian Network on the Advancement of Public Participation GIS for Ecosystem Services as a Means for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development).


  • Mann, C, García-Martín, M., Raymond, CM., Shawd, BJ. & Plieninger, T. (20128): The potential for integrated landscape management to fulfil Europe’s commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals. Landscape and Urban Planning 177: 75-82. doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2018.04.017
  • García-Martín, M., Plieninger, T. & Bieling, C. (2018): Dimensions of landscape stewardship across Europe: landscape values, place attachment, awareness, and personal responsibility. Sustainability 10: 263.
  • García-Martín, M., Fagerholm, N., Bieling, C., Gounaridis, D., Kizos, T., Printsmann, A., Müller, M., Lieskovský, J. & Plieninger, T. (2017): Participatory mapping of landscape values in a Pan-European perspective. Landscape Ecology 32: 2133-2150.
  • García-Martín, M., Bieling, C., Hart, A. & Plieninger, T. (2016): Integrated landscape initiatives in Europe: Multi-sector collaboration in multi-functional landscapes. Land Use Policy 58: 43-53.

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