Bärbel Tress

Bärbel Tress
TRESS ACADEMIC

PhD
Helping doctoral researchers to successfully conduct and complete their PhD studies

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Introduction
I teach researchers the skills and steps required to become high performers in their academic careers. My main expertise is advising young researchers how to successfully conduct and complete PhD studies, how to apply for academic jobs and tenure-track positions, and how to improve research performance and efficiency.

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In this paper, we present a step-by-step guide on how to write a paper for successful publication in a peer-reviewed journal. We propose a ten-step approach to the entire process of paper writing from preparation, manuscript writing, and submission to the stages of peer-review and revision. The steps include defining paper objectives, authorship, j...
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Expanded organic food production has been an issue of public debate in Denmark since its promotion by two government-sponsored plans. Yet the number of organic farms, constituting 5% of alt Danish farms, is still small. Farmers' attitudes and motivations around converting their farms to organic agriculture were surveyed in the counties of Ribe and...
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The growing demand for integrative (interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary) approaches in the field of environmental and landscape change has increased the number of PhD students working in this area. Yet, the motivations to join integrative projects and the challenges for PhD students have so far not been investigated. The aims of this paper were...
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The rising number of integrative (interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary) landscape research projects means that researchers spend an increasing portion of their professional career doing integrative work. The keen interest in integrative research concepts, however, has brought to the fore the many barriers experienced by researchers in the integr...
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There are many tensions in landscape management at spatial scales from individual fields to regions and upwards to global environmental change (Dalgaard et al. 2003). Farmers are under increasing pressure to produce nonfood products including recreational opportunities, attractive landscapes, and habitats for wildlife. The many different forms of a...
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Integrative research concepts such as interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity are gaining currency in landscape research as well as in the broader context of environmental science. Hence an increasing number of projects apply these approaches. Nonetheless, several epistemological and structural barriers hamper the operationalization of integrat...
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The training of PhD students is currently very dynamic and varies widely from place to place. We present some examples of this variation and comment on how it may affect the way PhD students cope with integrative studies. Our focus is on the training needs of PhD students studying integrative research questions and their need for support from both...
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Research in the INTELS project has revealed that many integrative (= interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary) landscape projects frequently face similar challenges. There are, however, few guidelines available to help projects avoid common problems. In this chapter, we present what we consider the ten most important steps towards successful integra...
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Publishing is an important aspect of communication in the sciences and contributes to its progress. Researchers involved in integrative landscape research perceive it to be more difficult to publish integrative studies than disciplinary studies. Therefore, the objective of this chapter is to provide guidelines for writing and publishing a research...
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Research policy favours projects that integrate disciplinary knowledge and involve non-academic stakeholders. Consequently, integrative concepts - interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity - are gaining currency in landscape research and planning. Researchers are excited by the prospect of merging disciplinary and non-academic expertise to improv...
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Integrative (interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary) landscape research projects are becoming increasingly common. As a result, researchers are spending a larger proportion of their professional careers doing integrative work, participating in shifting interdisciplinary teams, and cooperating directly with non-academic participants. Despite the gr...
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Integrative research approaches are intensely discussed in landscape ecology, in academia and in research policy. However, confusion over the terminology hampers communication. Many current landscape ecological research projects have difficulties to agree on a common understanding of the core concepts associated with different forms of integrative...
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During the 1990s, integrative (interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary) approaches gained increasing importance for rural landscape studies and numbers of such projects rose. However, it is not clear, what funding agencies expect from integrative projects, how researchers make them operational and what their outputs are. To identify policy expectat...
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Recent surveys of integrative landscape research projects and their funding bodies have revealed a lack of common understanding of integrative research concepts such as interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity. This chapter presents a set of definitions for integrative and related research concepts.
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This chapter introduces the contents of the book through an analysis of current trends in landscape research and landscape planning and a discussion of the consequences of these trends for PhD students.
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Increasingly, different functions must be integrated simultaneously in the Danish countryside, demanding a common effort of planners, decision-makers, researchers, and stakeholders. The study proposes a transdisciplinary method that combines scenario technique, photorealistic visualisation, and stakeholder participation to identify the interests of...
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European landscapes change rapidly due to increasing pressure of urbanization on agricultural land. Thus, there is a large interest from policy and public on the future shape of landscapes. The interest is putting high demands on individuals that are involved in the decision-making and research process. Landscape indicators get increasing importanc...
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In the light of an increasing demand for studies applying interdisciplinarity or transdisciplinarity, the two-days seminar held in Wageningen in November 2002 was initiated to facilitate exchange of information and experiences on the expectations and practice of interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in Europe on landscape studies. The seminar...
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The language game of landscape ecology entails several action-guiding verbs like “promote”, “enhance”, “restore”, “preserve”, “safeguard”, “ensure”, “upgrade” to name just a few. They are closely related to conceptions of what should be done. Due to this evaluative and protective character of landscape ecology and due to its connectivity with evalu...
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The question: “What is a landscape?” is problematic. The difficulty associated with the question has its roots in the “normality” of the term “landscape”, because it is part of the colloquial speech. This situation is comparable with those we face when dealing with the words “environment” or “recreation” — everybody “knows” what the words mean but...
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This chapter discusses challenges for PhD students involved in integrative landscape research. These challenges include terminology, epistemology, expectations, stakeholder involvement, organizational barriers, communicating and publishing, as well as career development. The chapter presents recommendations for future integrative landscape research...
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Agricultural land use has predominated European landscapes for centuries. It still accounts for large parts of European national territories, however, new functions are now demanding a place of their own and are ready to take over. As urbanization of the countryside takes place, European landscapes come under increasing pressure. The urban influenc...
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Landscape issues are of interest in many disciplines, but they are seldom seen as an opportunity for inter- or transdisciplinary cooperation. This limits the ability to account for real world complexity. Bridging human and natural sciences intends to foster and coordinate communication about landscape-related issues—within academia and between scie...
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Different disciplines have landscape as the focal point of their research. They are successful in presenting new findings about landscapes within their specialisation, but collaboration—and thus, transfer of knowledge across disciplinary boundaries—is seldom realised because a common approach that bridges the gaps between disciplines is missing. In...
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'Landscape' is an equally familiar term both in research and in common speech but is actually applied in different ways. The landscape is focal point of geographic and ecological research, but it is not limited to these disciplines. Frequently, misunderstandings occur when a common landscape-related research topic is discussed in different discipli...
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Interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity are increasing in importance for landscape research and management. National research councils, the European Commission, as well as other research funds and policy action plans, are setting up programs that give priority to inter- and transdisciplinary approaches. Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary r...

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The ReMO COST Action focuses on wellbeing and mental health within academia, a theme of strategic importance for the European Research Area. Previous research shows that low levels of wellbeing and mental health problems have a negative impact on individual, team and organizational performance, triggering significant costs. In addition, institutional context, organizational structure and culture, as well as managerial practices have significant impact on wellbeing and health of employees. Therefore, general insights on the causes of workplace wellbeing and mental health need to be refined with contextual specifics (i.e. in academia) in order to develop tailored, effective and efficient prevention and action programs.
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Guidelines on how to cope with the most common challenges involved in researching and writing a PhD. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your PhD project, over-worked, or having trouble with time-management this guidance is ideal for you.