Publications of Serge Schmitz
Bookmark and Share    
See detailNational Overviews
Eiter, Sebastien; Schmitz, Serge ULiege

in Roth, Michael; Eiter, Sebastian; Röhner, Sina (Eds.) et al Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality (2018)

Renewable energy and landscape quality in the different countries of Europe are characterized by numerous similarities and differences, according to the presence of natural resources and their use ... [more ▼]

Renewable energy and landscape quality in the different countries of Europe are characterized by numerous similarities and differences, according to the presence of natural resources and their use histories. To illustrate diversity and common characteristics as comparably as possible, researchers from 33 countries wrote brief overviews of the national situations of renewable energy, of available data on landscape quality, and of the interaction between renewable energy and landscape quality. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 31 (7 ULiège)
See detailBelgium
Nyns, Symi ULiege; Van Noordt, Anneloes; Schmitz, Serge ULiege

in Roth, Michael; Eiter, Sebastian; Röhner, Sina (Eds.) et al Renewable energy and landscape quality (2018)

Overview of renewable energy development in Belgium including the issue of landscape management.

Detailed reference viewed: 82 (19 ULiège)
See detailDeveloping Renewables in Crowded Landscapes: in Search of International Smart Practice
Frantal, Bohumil; Van der Horst, Dan; Martinat, Stanislav et al

in Roth, Michael; Eiter, Sebastian; Röhner, Sina (Eds.) et al Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality (2018)

Focussing on the siting of renewable energy projects in already crowded diverse landscapes, the paper explores what international lessons can be learned from innovative and succesful projects across ... [more ▼]

Focussing on the siting of renewable energy projects in already crowded diverse landscapes, the paper explores what international lessons can be learned from innovative and succesful projects across Europe. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 44 (2 ULiège)
See detailRenewable Energy and Landscape Quality
Roth, Michael; Eiter, Sebastian; Röhner, Sina et al

Book published by Jovis (2018)

Renewable energy is being heavily promoted throughout Europe. Despite general support for green energy, perceived landscape change and loss of landscape quality have featured heavily in opposition ... [more ▼]

Renewable energy is being heavily promoted throughout Europe. Despite general support for green energy, perceived landscape change and loss of landscape quality have featured heavily in opposition campaigns. The COST Action ‘Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality’ (RELY) systematically investigated the nexus between renewable energy production and landscape quality. This book compiles guidelines for assessing landscape suitability for, and vulnerability to, renewable energy projects. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 140 (27 ULiège)
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 ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 68 (4 ULiège)
Full Text
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.

Detailed reference viewed: 69 (8 ULiège)
Full Text
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 ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 77 (7 ULiège)
Full Text
See detailDraw me a sheep: a pedagogical tool to discover the complexity of rural planning
Schmitz, Serge ULiege

Conference (2017, June)

Detailed reference viewed: 46 (2 ULiège)
Full Text
See detailHeritage mining landscapes as rural capital: the case of two heavy metals mining 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 ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 180 (11 ULiège)
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.

Detailed reference viewed: 47 (5 ULiège)
Full Text
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 ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 50 (5 ULiège)
Full Text
See detailLa friche minière comme capital rural
Schmitz, Serge ULiege

in Chirita, Viorel; Schmitz, Serge (Eds.) Les friches minières : paysage culturel et enjeu de développement rural (2017)

Detailed reference viewed: 30 (4 ULiège)
See detailInscription territoriale 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.

Detailed reference viewed: 112 (23 ULiège)
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.

Detailed reference viewed: 67 (22 ULiège)
Full Text
See detailHéritage et potentiel d'un ancien site minier : la mine de manganèse du Rouge-Thier à Rahier
Schmitz, Serge ULiege

in Chirita, Viorel; Schmitz, Serge (Eds.) Les friches minières : paysage culturel et enjeu de développement rural (2017)

Detailed reference viewed: 84 (4 ULiège)
Full Text
See detailSustainable biofuel: a question of scale and aims
Ciervo, Margherita ULiege; Schmitz, Serge ULiege

in Moravian Geographical Reports (2017), 25(4), 220-233

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 ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 73 (24 ULiège)
Full Text
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 ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 384 (24 ULiège)
Full Text
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 ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 77 (1 ULiège)
Full Text
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.

Detailed reference viewed: 94 (8 ULiège)
Full Text
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 ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 371 (38 ULiège)