TriWadWalks: enriching knowledge and understanding through immersive engagement with the Wadden Sea landscape

Annet Kempenaar*, Birthe Menke, Michael Fink, Bodil Stilling Blichfeldt, Janne Liburd, Cormac Walsh, Ingo Mose, Elen-Maarja Trell, Frans Sijtsma, Ilaria Palermo, Ilse van Dijk

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This photo essay reports on two TriWadWalks, which were 5-day landscape explorations into the Wadden Sea region of the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark. These walks were organised by six universities to foster collaboration in research, teaching, and knowledge creation. A key and recurring observation was that the diverse composition of the group, and travelling through the landscape with an open agenda, distinguished the TriWadWalks from everyday excursions or fieldwork. Our experiences exemplify how being out there in the world, talking to people, and engaging with the landscape and with each other creates human-environment oriented landscape-understandings, in which perspectives blend and (disciplinary) borders are crossed. Building on the TriWadWalk experiences, we see the potential for this collaborative approach to be(come) a transdisciplinary knowledge building tool to be used in the planning and governance of the vulnerable Wadden Sea landscape, and for the education and ‘bildung’ of future landscape professionals.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLandscape Research
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18-Mar-2024


  • walking
  • Go-along
  • bike-along
  • mobile methods
  • transdisciplinary knowledge


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