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See detailSustainable biofuel: a question of scale and aims
Ciervo, Margherita ULiege; Schmitz, Serge ULiege

in Moravian Geographical Reports (in press), 25(4),

The predominant production model of Bioenergy, which is based on first-generation biofuels developed on a global scale, creates ecological impacts throughout the production chain, resulting in a paradox ... [more ▼]

The predominant production model of Bioenergy, which is based on first-generation biofuels developed on a global scale, creates ecological impacts throughout the production chain, resulting in a paradox, as well as social unrest and territorial conflict. This paper focuses on agro-energy and second-generation biofuels, investigating the structural differences, the advantages, the potential problems and the possible solutions of some local biofuel initiatives in North-Western Europe. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat does "Smart" mean in Rural Development?
Schmitz, Serge ULiege

Conference (2017, November)

For more than a decade, "smart development" is a leitmotiv in both the literature and political discourse. Besides the integration of ICT in everyday life, “smartness” seems to include many approaches ... [more ▼]

For more than a decade, "smart development" is a leitmotiv in both the literature and political discourse. Besides the integration of ICT in everyday life, “smartness” seems to include many approaches, which are sometimes in contradiction. Based on a systematic literature and internet review; this introduction scrutinizes the use of the fuzzy concept in rural development studies and questions the fate of geography in regard of this “marketing” development [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing Landscape Quality: is there a consensus among experts?
Vanderheyden, Vincent ULiege; Schmitz, Serge ULiege

Conference (2017, September)

The paper analyses how 42 landscape experts from Wallonia and Romania mark their agreement on 52 Likert-items regarding landscape quality.

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See detailPast mining areas as rural capital – Perspectives from Bucovina and Wallonia
Schmitz, Serge ULiege; Dubois, Charline ULiege; Vanderheyden, Vincent ULiege et al

Conference (2017, September)

In this paper, we consider old mining sites in two very different contexts, a post-socialist Carpathians area and a Western European area that knew precocious industrialisation. How these past mining ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we consider old mining sites in two very different contexts, a post-socialist Carpathians area and a Western European area that knew precocious industrialisation. How these past mining areas could develop and enhance rural development and heritage landscapes? [less ▲]

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See detailHeritage mining landscapes as rural capital: the case of two heavy metals minings wastelands in Wallonia
Dubois, Charline ULiege; Vanderheyden, Vincent ULiege; Schmitz, Serge ULiege

Poster (2017, June)

For a long time and due to the socio-economic trauma caused by the closure of the mines, the hazards of abandoned sites and soil pollution, the newness of vestiges, or the symbol of the failure of an ... [more ▼]

For a long time and due to the socio-economic trauma caused by the closure of the mines, the hazards of abandoned sites and soil pollution, the newness of vestiges, or the symbol of the failure of an industrial development model, on-field industrial remains were not considered as valuable heritage, particularly in rural spaces. Indeed, in the dominant imagery of rural areas, industry and countryside do not fit together (Cloke et al., 1996; Edelblutte & Legrand, 2012). Yet, such industrial activities have a long history in some areas such as in rural East-Belgium. The past deindustrialization resulted in wastelands on which stakeholders have nowadays various interests. Some of these industrial wastelands try to become places of heritage preservation and valorisation (Fagnoni, 2003; Kitchen et al., 2006; Roth, 2007; Mitchell & O’Neill, 2016). In this paper, we consider industrial wastelands with the aim to develop and enhance rural development and heritage landscapes. The mining wastelands are defined as abandoned areas where old traces of mining (e.g. factories and buildings, cuts and fills material, other marks in the landscapes, polluted soils) are still present. These areas are waiting for a new evaluation in order to create rural development strategies and local projects. We study how to preserve and protect these authentic high value landscapes and what can be proposed as type of rural strategy and rural landscape management. How to reallocate the space of wastelands according to the valorisation of cultural and natural heritage? Through qualitative document analysis and stakeholders interviews, we are discussing on the basis of two case studies concerning heavy metals mines in Easten Belgium within an hour’s drive from Liège. The first case is the “Haldes calaminaires” area in Plombières (former lead and zinc mine) and the second one is the “Rouge-Thier” area in Stoumont (former manganese mine), both industrial wastelands in rural area with a real potential for rural development in some touristic, recreational, scientific, and pedagogical frameworks (Rosengarten, 2008; Dussart & Dussart, 1991). Different scenarios are possible to allow both sites to be recognized, saved, protected, enhanced, and developed for tourists and inhabitants, but they must confront the divergent heritage, cultural, biological, urban and socio-economic interests and issues of local and regional actors. [less ▲]

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See detailDraw me a sheep: a pedagogical tool to discover the complexity of rural planning
Schmitz, Serge ULiege

Conference (2017, June)

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See detailDes friches minières comme capital rural ?
Schmitz, Serge ULiege

Conference (2017, May)

La communication a pour but de proposer un typologie théorique des friches minières et d'interroger leur potentiel de développement.

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See detailDebating on ideal rural settlement: from the classroom to the field
Schmitz, Serge ULiege

Conference (2017, April)

Since 2007, I organize sessions with students or politicians aiming for a better understanding of land use and country planning. Within working groups of four to six, the participants elaborate their ... [more ▼]

Since 2007, I organize sessions with students or politicians aiming for a better understanding of land use and country planning. Within working groups of four to six, the participants elaborate their ideal village. The exercise informs about decision in planning, representations and desires regarding the countryside and rural villages. [less ▲]

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See detailTensions sur le devenir des campagnes wallonnes: notes de terrain
Schmitz, Serge ULiege; Dubois, Charline ULiege

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2017), 69

Through the analysis of seven vignettes, this paper reports on the evolution of the countryside in the East of Wallonia and points out a renewed interest in natural and cultural heritages. Three days of ... [more ▼]

Through the analysis of seven vignettes, this paper reports on the evolution of the countryside in the East of Wallonia and points out a renewed interest in natural and cultural heritages. Three days of fieldtrip in the Entre-Vesdre-et-Meuse and in the Ardennes allowed presenting the new features of the Walloon countryside and forests and reflecting on the balance of heritage and innovations. Besides the improvement of the living environment, studied initiatives reveal issues relating to identity and survival, which citizens do not always regard as relevant. [less ▲]

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See detailBalancing Heritage and Innovation: Pathways towards the Sustainability of Rural Systems
Dubois, Charline ULiege; Firmino, Ana; Kim, Doo Chul et al

Book published by Société Géographique de Liège (2017)

This special issue of BSGLg collected seven papers presented at the 24th Colloquium of the IGU Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems. The conference was organized in Belgium by Serge Schmitz ... [more ▼]

This special issue of BSGLg collected seven papers presented at the 24th Colloquium of the IGU Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems. The conference was organized in Belgium by Serge Schmitz and his team, and once more the participants were offered the opportunity to know a small country, its people, landscapes and heritage. On the other hand participants from different countries shared their knowledge. A great combination that is now available to the reader in the following pages, where it will be possible to find out how heritage and innovation may be a perfect marriage. [less ▲]

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See detailEditorial: Sustainability of rural systems: balancing heritage and innovation
Schmitz, Serge ULiege; Dubois, Charline ULiege

in Belgeo (2017), 2016(4),

This editorial relates the 24th colloquium of the Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems held in Liege and presents the main goals of the Commission. It introduces and discusses briefly the ten ... [more ▼]

This editorial relates the 24th colloquium of the Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems held in Liege and presents the main goals of the Commission. It introduces and discusses briefly the ten papers selected for this special issue of Belgeo. [less ▲]

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See detailSustainability of rural systems: balancing heritage and innovation
Schmitz, Serge ULiege; Dubois, Charline ULiege

in Belgeo (2017), 2016(4),

Papers issued from the 24th colloquium of the Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems held in Liege in July 2016.

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See detailAnalyse spatiale et cartographie thématique
Schmitz, Serge ULiege

in Lempereur, Françoise (Ed.) Patrimoine culturel immatériel (2017)

This short chapter encourages the researcher to search the spatial organization of intangible cultural heritage and to make use of maps.

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See detailInscription territorial et esprit du lieu
Schmitz, Serge ULiege

in Lempereur, Françoise (Ed.) Patrimoine culturel immatériel (2017)

After an introduction to the cultural geographies, the landscape is parsed as the visible face of the organisation of societies, and then the short chapter explores the meaning and the spirit of places.

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See detailL'image de marque des villes wallonnes
Scatton, Loïc; Schmitz, Serge ULiege

in Belgeo (2017), 2016(1),

City branding practices have become widespread but few studies measure their effects on medium-sized cities. Through an analysis of the practices of city branding and internal and external images of the ... [more ▼]

City branding practices have become widespread but few studies measure their effects on medium-sized cities. Through an analysis of the practices of city branding and internal and external images of the cities of Liege and Charleroi, this article points out the relative strengths and weaknesses of the images of each of the Walloon cities, among their businessmen, vis-a vis those of the other Walloon city. The images of these two cities are composites and branding policies are still in their infancy. These policies have followed a top-down approach which may explain the limited use of the two brands even if they use ideas shared by local entrepreneurs. However the research underlines the absence of opinions on certain characteristics of the cities or a negative view which often requires works in the field but also better communication. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Tourist on the farm: a 'muddled' image
Dubois, Charline ULiege; Cawley, Mary; Schmitz, Serge ULiege

in Tourism Management (2017), 59

Agritourism is promoted as a method of offsetting decline in farm incomes, and is defined in different ways which creates difficulties in attracting tourists. The present research contributes to a better ... [more ▼]

Agritourism is promoted as a method of offsetting decline in farm incomes, and is defined in different ways which creates difficulties in attracting tourists. The present research contributes to a better understanding of agritourism, based on evidence in Wallonia (Belgium) and Luxembourg. It does so by studying the image held by four groups of actors: (i) farmers who provide ‘agritourist’ experiences; (ii) promotional organisations; and tourists who both (iii) have and (iv) have not engaged in agritourism. Agritourism is a muddled concept between realities and stakeholder expectations but opportunities exist for targeting particular niche interests. [less ▲]

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See detailCHANGING ATTITUDES TOWARDS WIND TURBINES IN WALLOON LANDSCAPES
Vanderheyden, Vincent ULiege; Schmitz, Serge ULiege

Conference (2016, July 19)

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See detailSustainability of Rural Systems: Balancing Heritage and Innovation
Schmitz, Serge ULiege; Dubois, Charline ULiege; Cawley, Mary et al

Book published by Atelier des Presses (2016)

With the discussion of six themes - New technologies and the new rural ways of life, Agronomic innovations and their social and environmental impacts, From ecosystem services to agroservices, Energy ... [more ▼]

With the discussion of six themes - New technologies and the new rural ways of life, Agronomic innovations and their social and environmental impacts, From ecosystem services to agroservices, Energy issues in rural areas, Multifunctional forests and the countryside, Tourism and recreation - the conference analyses how to balance cultural and natural heritage and innovation with special reference to the ecological and social dimensions. [less ▲]

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See detailDeveloping Tourism Products and new Partnerships through Participative Action Research in Rural Cameroon
Schmitz, Serge ULiege; Lekane Tsoubgou, Dieudonné

in Geographical Research (2016), 54(2), 143-152

The paper explores possible synergies between microfinance institutions and small and medium medium tourism businesses in the West Cameron Chiefdooms. Based on a research action the authors emphasise the ... [more ▼]

The paper explores possible synergies between microfinance institutions and small and medium medium tourism businesses in the West Cameron Chiefdooms. Based on a research action the authors emphasise the obstacles to the formation of partnership and describe how the researchers facilitated networking. [less ▲]

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See detailReflexive Loops on Scaling issues in Landscape Quality Assessment
Schmitz, Serge ULiege; Vanderheyden, Vincent ULiege

in Land Use Policy (2016), 53

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