The centre aims to:
- Give fresh attention to the importance of the past in understanding present human-environment interactions.
- Facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue and the employment of diverse datasets.
- Act as a focus for development of new techniques for mapping and visualising landscape.
Particularly important cross-disciplinary themes for the centre include:
- Recording and reconstructing past landscapes.
- Environment and the natural world.
- Real vs. imagined historical landscapes.
- Landscapes of the past shaping the future.
- Human and communal adaptation to landscapes.
- Sustainability in the past and present.
- Conflict landscape studies.
- Memory and landscape.
- Religious uses of landscape.
- Landscapes of myth.
- Aesthetics of landscape and landscape viewing.
- Cultural or communal identity and landscapes.
The Centre is based at the School of Classics, and it counts among its members and collaborators scholars based in the Schools of Art History & Geography and Sustainable Development, History, English, Computer Science, and the Department of Film Studies.
The Centre is coordinated by a committee, with a director (Dr Andrea Brock, Classics), and an assistant director (Professor Jason Konig, Classics).