Join us on 6-7 September for two days of debate, discussion, bold thinking and creative ideas led by a world-class roster of UK and international speakers.

The greatest value of landscape is the way in which it connects people, place and nature. The LI, in partnership with IFLA Europe and the University of Greenwich Department of Landscape, is holding its 2018 conference on this crucial theme.

Day one of the conference – 6 September – is a day of high-level debate for leaders and practitioners in the fields of landscape architecture, digital, design, future trends and the topic of ‘valuing landscape’, looking at the impact on people, urban design and place making:

  • Valuing the intangible: Frameworks for measuring the cultural, economic and societal benefits of landscape
  • Wellbeing: How landscape infrastructure can reduce health inequality and improve lives
  • Urban value and competitiveness: Local-level transformation, sustainable management and integrated approaches that ensure strong outcomes
  • Innovation: Funding, partnerships and new ways of connecting stakeholders with landscape
  • Leadership: Who we need, what we should do differently, and how we evolve to meet future needs

Day two focuses on policy, planning and management, explored through a packed itinerary of workshops and experiential site visits. It is ideal for landscape managers, planners and public sector members, who will:

  • hear about the latest in UK and EU environmental policy
  • explore opportunities and implications for the profession following Brexit
  • examine how the combined skills of science and management can unlock the value of protected natural spaces
  • visit major regeneration sites in Greenwich and at Thamesmead, where host Peabody Trust is delivering a multi-billion pound, landscape-led development of 20,000 homes

Why you should attend

On 6 and 7 September, some of the world’s foremost thinkers and speakers in the fields of landscape architecture, management and policy, planning, urban design and place making will be under one roof. #VLConf18 is the major networking, learning and knowledge sharing landscape event of the year.

A crucial opportunity to identify how landscape interventions can deliver the greatest possible good for people, place and nature

A chance to voice the demands we must make of governments and policymakers to ensure we can deliver it

Ask the questions – and deliver the answers – that put landscape at the forefront of positive worldwide change

Inform emergent environmental policy and changing planning policy across the globe


Thursday 6 September

The value of landscape in cities

Keynote speech addressing the value of landscape in cities and its impact on investment, talent and competitiveness.

The future of landscape: What external influences will have an impact on the value society attributes to space?

Explore our fast-changing world and the impact of current trends. With society’s needs, values and habits shifting, it is vital that landscape responds. Hear about:

  • key future trends and challenges that have an impact on space.
  • the changing role of ‘value’.
  • places inspired by human experience, social action and sharing economies.

Panel session: Understanding the needs of future trends and generations

Join the panel as they discuss attempt to meet the needs of future talent and generations to come. The debate will cover:

  • the requirements of future generations and new skills needed for the future
  • understanding the connection of the environment, productivity and housing need in placemaking for the future, and where will value be found?
  • the social, work, education and technology changes that will impact our lives and industry
  • engagement: is it important and how can it be effective?
On the panel

Daniel Cook, CEO, Landscape Institute
Professor David McGuire, Vice Chancellor, University of Greenwich

Perspectives on value

Get inspired on how to tackle the challenges of valuing and accounting for intangible assets and benefits. This session will explore:

  • new frameworks and methods of evaluation from a range of sectors
  • understanding cultural, social and economic value
  • accounting for intangibles to demonstrate value
  • alternate viewpoints

Sarah Weir OBE, CEO, Design Council
Ursula Hartenberger, Global Head, Sustainability, RICS Brussels

Case study: Ottawa

Examine a case study and learn how natural capital accounting will be vital for future urban growth and value in our cities and towns. This session will explore:

  • natural capital accounting – how do we make it work for the profession?
  • is it helping stocks and flows? examining examples of use
  • adding value to cities and towns through risk assessment and accounting
  • presentation of successful case study

Mark Kristmanson, National Capital Commission, Ottawa, Canada

Panel session: Unlocking the tangible and intangible value

Enjoy a series of presentations on the topic, then join us for an interactive debate, questions from the floor being posed to the panel. Discuss issues such as:

  • should we value all, part or none of the landscape?
  • how do we measure intangibles?
  • is brand important to cities and therefore, their design?
On the panel

Julian Agyemen, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University and Author, United States of America

More speakers to be announced!

Creating value for people

Part 1: A focus on well-being and green infrastructure

Session details to be announced!


John Lewis, Executive Director Thamesmead, Peabody
Speaker TBA, LUC

Part 2: Environmental value and impact on improving community quality of life

Examine how landscape and place-making can make a deeper impact on people’s communities through health, connection and well-being while reducing inequalities. This session covers:

  • improving quality of life and reducing health inequality through environmental value
  • health, well-being and nature: examples of success
  • what is the landscape value for an ageing population?
  • greenscape and how that helps support recovery
  • actions that can be implemented and policy that needs to be done

Miriam Weber, Senior Advisor, Health Urban Living and Resilience, Utrecht, Netherlands
Kate Henderson, CEO, TCPA

Panel session: Fostering value around placemaking

Assess examples of landscape and place management that have addressed the issues of the city’s value and competitiveness. This session will examine:

  • long term sustainability of place management
  • new ways of connecting stakeholders and landscape
  • partnerships and innovation for funding
  • integrating skills policy that helps support local level transformation
  • cross-disciplinary linking up for stronger project outcomes
On the panel

Professor Ares Kalandides, Senior Fellow and Director, Institute of Place Management, Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University
Gill Steward, CEO, London Borough of Bexley Council
Roo Angell, Co-Founder, Sayes Court CIC
Bob Bagley, Co-Founder, Sayes Court CIC

Reflections and thoughts for the future: Creating a new kind of value

Discuss opportunities for bold leadership, inspiration and influence in local level transformation. This session will reflect on:

  • what is the added value in leadership?
  • attracting skills and leadership: what and who is needed?
  • what do we need to do differently?
  • evolving to meet the future needs



Professor Antje Stokman, Architecture and Landscape, HafenCity University, Hamburg
Dr Antonella Radicchi, Soundscape Scientist, Hush City Mobile Lab, Institute of City and Regional Planning, TU Berlin
Suzanne O’Connell, Landscape Architect, The Decorators

Friday 7 September

Post-Brexit: Creating value through new Environmental Policy

Hear the latest plans and policies in UK government.

Speakers to be announced!

Future plans: the direction going forward

Further discuss the future opportunities and challenges regarding ongoing environmental policy post-Brexit across the UK and Europe


Ursula Forzcek-Bratanies, Secretary General, IFLA Europe
Howard Davies, CEO, NAAONB
Sarah Bryan, CEO, Exmoor National Park

Collaboration: Evolving definition and assessment of landscape value through monitoring

Receive updates direct from the Interagency team on creating new approaches and frameworks in this area – a joint effort between agencies in the UK and Ireland.


Tony Williams, President, IFLA Europe and Principal Landscape Architect, Transport Infrastructure, Ireland
Jill Bullen, Senior Landscape Specialist, Natural Resources Wales
Chris Bolton, Principal Specialist, Landscape, Natural England
Neil Rainey, DAERA Northern Ireland Environment Agency
Deborah Sandals, Scottish Natural Heritage

Valuing planning work and studies into future

Hear the latest updates in planning with value and impacts.


John Acres, President, RTPI and Director, Acres Land and Planning
Dr Deb Upadhyaya, Specialist Planning, Director, Homes for England
Ramune Sanderson, Director, Terra Firma, Lithuania

Future value through management and science

Unravel the value that can be accumulated from protected natural spaces and forests using a range of skills spanning management, horticulture ecology and science.


Alison Barnes, CEO, New Forest National Park
Paul Nolan, Director, The Mersey Forest

Panel session:

An additional panel discussion will further unlock the potential to find more value in these essential areas of the sector.

On the panel

Euan Hall, CEO, The Land Trust
Laura Gatti, Director, Laura Gatti Consultants Italy

Interactive workshops and site visits

A series of workshops and site visits will take place throughout the day. Delegates will have the opportunity to travel to the Thamesmead district (hosted by Peabody), and other prestigious London sites.

Further details to be announced!

Networking event

Close of conference to be led by Hardscape (speaker tba), followed by a networking reception.

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Meet the speakers

Prof. Julian Agyeman

Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University


Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA FRGS is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the originator of the increasingly influential concept of just sustainabilities, the intentional integration of social justice and sustainability.

His focal areas of research and expertise are: just sustainabilities in policy and planning; environmental and food justice; planning in, and for sharing cities and intercultural cities.

Worldwide, he is recognized as an expert, innovator and thought leader. He is one of the top 15 most highly cited North American urban planning academics. Among his wide-ranging and influential publications is is Mind the Gap […] (2002). It is the most highly cited journal article by a North American urban planning academic and continues to have practical impact around the world, influencing government policy.

Read more . . .

Ursula Hartenberger

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Global Head of Sustainability, RICS


Ursula Hartenberger heads up RICS’ strategy on energy efficiency, sustainable construction and urban development, building on experience in the area of environmental and Corporate Responsibility issues gathered within multi-national organisations in the logistics and chemicals sectors.

Ursula is a member of a series of international sustainable development and responsible investment platforms and UN steering groups and has been closely involved in RICS and stakeholder publications and initiatives regarding the business case for sustainability in the built environment and associated investment decision-making.

Read more . . .

Alison Barnes

New Forest National Park Authority.
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Chief Executive, New Forest National Park Association


Alison is Chief Executive at New Forest National Park Authority and has worked in the field of landscape management for 20 years. She is an elected Fellow of both the Landscape Institute and RSA.

Previously as a Director for Natural England she led engagement with large regeneration programmes such as for the Olympics and took organisational lead on landscape and green infrastructure.

Earlier in her career Alison, worked in Scottish local government and with RSPB on opencast mine restoration projects. She later led on local biodiversity policy within Defra and was Head of Advocacy for English Nature, developing policy across Parliament, Whitehall and Europe and supporting the passage of the NERC Act.

Alison is on the Board of Directors for Business South, is appointed to the Forestry and Woodland Advisory Committee of the Forestry Commission and is a Trustee of the National Park City Foundation.

Dr. Deb Upadhyaya

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Specialist Planning, Director, Homes England


Deb is a passionate advocate of sustainable urbanism and delivery of quality places. Over the last 18 years, he has led delivery of exemplar housing, regeneration and urban design projects both in public and private sector (UK and India).

At Homes England, he provides specialist advice on strategic planning, design and funding to deliver large scale complex projects and other HM Government Initiatives – Garden Villages, Towns and Cities, Housing Zones, Housing Deals and Housing Infrastructure Fund.

Deb is also a Board Director for The Academy of Urbanism, a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert and an independent advisory design panel member for Sheffield Sustainable Development and Design Panel.

A Chartered Town Planner and a Chartered Manager, Deb is professionally trained as architect-urban designer-planner-manager and has a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) and an Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Sheffield.

Useful info


This two-day conference will take place at the University of Greenwich Stockwell Campus. The modern venue houses the University’s Department of Landscape and boasts excellent conference facilities.

The IFLA Europe General Assembly will take place on 8 and 9 September in the Old Historic Naval College on the University of Greenwich grounds.

Delegates will have access to the now-famous green roofs on top of the Stockwell Campus.

Transport links

Greenwich is just 20 minutes from Central London in Zone 2 of London’s underground travel network. It’s also easy to arrive by Docklands Light Railway (DLR).


The Landscape Institute is holding accommodation at the Daniel Dafoe Halls of Residence. These are single-occupancy, en-suite rooms. You can book these rooms for the conference through (Enter ‘LI Conference’ in the notes to secure a discount rate of just £65.00 per night.)

If you would like hotel accommodation, please let us know by emailing . You will be sent a list to choose from; please note, however, that no special deals are in place.

Joining instructions and further queries

We will send delegates more detailed instructions on how to join the conference closer to the date of the event. In the meantime, please email with any questions.