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Dr. Maria Garcia Martin





Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi HV E 11




Background and Research Interests

My background is in human geography and I identify myself as a landscape sustainability scientist. I am interested in the broad field of human-landscape interactions with a focus on societal transitions towards landscape sustainability. To this aim I conduct transdisciplinary and participatory research both at a place-based and at a European level.

My three main lines of research focus on:

  • Integrated landscape management approaches
  • The interactions between people and their local landscapes and how this connects to their wellbeing and to cultivating landscape stewardship
  • Combining food systems and landscape research to identify pathways towards agricultural sustainability


At the WSL I am currently collaborating on the SNF funded projects:

- Restorative potential of green spaces in noise-polluted environments - RESTORE

- What is Sustainable Intensification? Operationalizing Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Pathways in Europe - SIPATH.