This cross-disciplinary research cluster draws together a number of interconnected ideas and concepts, including: ecocriticism, animal studies, landscape history, theories of place, topography and cartography, nature at war, field work, conservation and heritage, farming and agriculture, soundscapes and acoustic environments, theories of dwelling, landmarks and mark making, edgelands, marginal territories, raw materials, paths and tracks, landscape and labour, rural and folk culture, localism, environmentalism, and material culture.

The aim of the cluster is to examine the relationship between human beings and the natural world over time, across disciplines, and beyond the confines of academia. It assesses the impact of humans and animals upon the environment, and examines cultural representations of what has come to be known as ‘landscape’.