Maasmechelen, Belgium

Methods and strategies to monitor and manage human impact on urbanized protected areas (UPAs)

when 11 September 2017 - 16 September 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 10 EC

The PhD summer school is a five-day event during which students work in interdisciplinary teams on one NPHK case related to management problems. They are supported by keynote speakers, followed by methodological introduction sessions, and fieldwork and analysis sessions. Senior researchers provide feedback to ensure active participation and learning. The summer school ends with an additional one-day event where students present their project to an international audience of relevant stakeholders.

Course leader

Natalie Beenaerts (

Target group

The group of participants consists of 15 PhD students at the beginning or middle of their career in the area of biology, environmental economics, environmental law, architecture, urban and landscape design, and transportation sciences, or with a profound interdisciplinary interest in the above areas.

Course aim

The development and implementation of effective UPA conservation management strategies requires an interdisciplinary approach. Therefore, the summer school uses building blocks from different disciplines: environmental biology, tourism, transportation sciences, urban and landscape design, architecture, environmental law and environmental economics. National and international experts offer methodological approaches which are applied by interdisciplinary teams of students who jointly work on addressing conservation management challenges.

Fee info

EUR 0: Participation is free of charge and includes accommodation, material, coffee breaks, lunches, dinners, a welcome reception, and a social dinner!


Selected students receive a travel scholarship, based on proof of travel expenses with a maximum for Europe of 125 Euro and outside Europe of 250 Euro