Serge Schmitz

Serge Schmitz
University of Liège | ulg · Department of Geography

PhD

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October 2007 - November 2017
University of Liège
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Publications (88)
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Tourist overnight stays are difficult to estimate properly due to the substantial gaps in the official data and the multiple types of accommodation. This trend has been accentuated with the emergence of new forms of accommodation resulting from the development of information and communication technologies and collaborative economies. Several studie...
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côté de destinations urbaines qui bénéficient d'une attractivité internationale, des villes de taille plus modeste et avec un patrimoine moins reconnu élaborent, avec des succès variables, des stratégies de développement touristique. Elles proposent leur vision de leur destination tou-ristique en structurant une offre qui sera bien souvent recompos...
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Marshlands are one of the most vulnerable ecosystems; being disturbed for several decades as the population density rises. These disturbances, due to anthropogenic activities, impact their ability to deliver important ecosystem services (ES). In this study, we analyzed the current state of marshes in the vicinity of South-Kivu urban agglomerations,...
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Facing the same challenges, having access to similar financial resources, communities still achieve different results in managing the energy transition, because they possess different local capital. Therefore, copying a certain smart practice in a new context does not necessarily lead to success. To achieve ‘just transitions’ it is important to ide...
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Since 1976, the NGO “Qualité Village Wallonie” has worked to safeguard local rural heritage. Yet, over the years, the staff working at the NGO have noticed important changes in rural communities, including other perspectives on the local heritage. This may be linked with rapid changes in demography or changes of interests with globalization. This p...
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This article analyzes peasant livelihood strategies and the associated processes of social differentiation among peasants in Pedro Moncayo (Ecuador), a territory starkly influenced by the presence of the cut flower agri-business. We argue that the cut flower agribusiness has shaped peasant internal social differentiation from which two types of sem...
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The paper analyses peasant livelihood strategies and the associated processes of social differentiation in Pedro Moncayo (Ecuador), a territory starkly influenced by the presence of the cut flower agribusiness. Beside two types of semi-peasants’ livelihoods, numerous semi-proletariat livelihood strategies dependent on flower-based wage income have...
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Understanding local knowledge and practices of soil and water conservation is essential for designing and implementing cost-effective and sustainable erosion control programs, and thus reducing soil erosion adverse impacts on agricultural lands. This study investigated the farmers' perception of soil erosion challenges, knowledge on management, and...
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ince the nineties, cultural tourism is considered as a form of tourism that is carried out by groups of people or institutions, whose main motive is the fulfillment of an interest and knowledge on the culture, the history and the heritage. The city of Constantine, located in northeastern Algeria, is one of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean bas...
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Relocalizing food systems are developing in Belgium, especially in Liège, where the first “food belt” was created. This concept seeks to structure a new local economic chain where consumers and producers are the key players. Initiated by citizens, food belts have recently attracted the attention of local governments and regional political bodies. B...
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Soil erosion is a major concern for the agricultural production as it leads to topsoil losses and decreased soil fertility, especially in highland regions. Walungu’s Chisheke watershed supports the staple food and industrial tea production, which are the basis for the food and income security in the region. The Chisheke watershed’s soil loss estima...
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In the South-Kivu province, wetlands are mainly converted into farmlands to ensure food and income security among rural populations. This study aimed at assessing the land use and land cover (LULC) change for the last three decades (1990–2020) in South-Kivu wetlands; mainly the Hogola and Chisheke, in Walungu territory, eastern Democratic Republic...
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Migration, global economic restructuring and climate change are rapidly transforming rural places across the globe. This book scrutinizes the continuing and changing roles of rural people and places both within and beyond the urban shadow. Organized around the three core themes of landscape change, demographic change, and rural-urban partnerships a...
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The choice of appropriate land use suitability based on specific environmental and socio-economic factors could ensure sustainable land resource management in rural areas. Different land use suitability assessment approaches exist and have been successfully applied for agroforestry systems, natural or semi-natural ecosystems. In this study, differe...
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Focusing on a population of white-collar immigrants who chose to move from Romania to Brussels-Capital Region between 2014 and 2019, this article signals the formation of a third wave of Romanian migration. The participants in the study are Romanians residing in Brussels, corresponding to the features of the European Man (Homo Europaeus) and they b...
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Depuis 1976, l'asbl "Qualité Village Wallonie" (QVW) a soutenu les habitants de plus de 850 villages dans l'élaboration de plus de 2 500 projets en rapport avec le patrimoine. Au cours des dernières décennies, l'asbl a constaté des changements quant à l'intérêt des Wallons pour leur patrimoine et interroge aujourd'hui le rôle du patrimoine local et...
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L’article vol avaluar l’instrument Grand Site Paysager mitjançant l’anàlisi de la seva implantació a Valònia per reflexionar sobre si aquestes eines poden ser útils per preservar els paisatges del patrimoni rural. L’objectiu és cercar la lògica que va conduir a la classificació del lloc i la seva importància per a la diversitat d’activitats i usuar...
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Cet article s’intéresse à la visibilité de la littérature scientifique produite par les géographes de l’ULiège, à travers des bases de données bibliographiques traditionnelles et du moteur de recherche Google Scholar. La contribution du répertoire institutionnel ORBi dans la meilleure visibilité des références est évaluée également. Concrètement, u...
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This article analyses the ways of living and the agro-sylvo-pastoral practices of 188 families in a steppe region of the Saharan Atlas in Algeria. The rural population is henceforth sedentary. The case of the District of Djelfa allows a deeper look into how these ways of living are anchored in the local environment and their potential impact on des...
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In response to climate change and limited fossil fuels, 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 investi...
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Les friches ont fait l'objet d'un intérêt grandissant tant dans la littérature scientifique que lors de réutilisations innovantes dans les régions en reconversion industrielle ou minière. Des typologies (e.g. Butzin & Nool, 2005) distinguent les friches qui ne nécessitent pas ou peu d'interventions des pouvoirs publics, vu leurs intérêts économique...
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Policies and strategies to develop renewable energy and the rates of successful deployment vary from country to country. Academic literature is rife with examples of recurring problems and malpractice in the implementation of renewable energy projects. We could see each national and sectoral effort as an 'experiment' in the early phase of our attem...
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Ce livre est le résultat d’un travail collaboratif entre le Département de Géographie de l’Université Stefan cel Mare de Suceava et le Laboratoire pour l’Analyse des Lieux, des Paysages et des Campagnes Européennes (Laplec) de l’Université de Liège. Il a bénéficié du soutien financier de l’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie. A travers une anal...
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Bio-energy (like other renewable energy sources) is proposed as a solution for climate change and other energy-related and economic issues. The predominant production model, however, which is based on firstgeneration biofuels developed on a global scale, creates ecological impacts throughout the production chain, resulting in a sustainability parad...
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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 reflectin...
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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 acto...
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At present, several obstacles to tourism development have been identified in developing countries. These include: poor infrastructure; shortage of facilities; a weak tourist image; a lack of know-how with regard to how to welcome visitors and the market tourism services; and the scarcity of available capital. In the research reported on in this pap...
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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 the...
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Though most landscape ecologists have integrated scaling issues in their works, these issues are often disregarded in landscape perception and preference studies. Researchers base their studies on a predefined single scale to assess the landscape, and they pay little attention to the scale specificity of their analysis and recommendations. We recon...
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This study aims to highlight what benefits, if any, Google Scholar (GS) has for academic literature searches in the field of geography, compared to three commercial bibliographic databases: Web of Science (WoS), FRANCIS (multidisciplinary databases) and GeoRef (specialized in geosciences). This study focuses exclusively on evaluating the results, a...
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With its marginal practices and diversified services, agritourism is a complex subject of study. In some European rural areas it is seen as a smart diversification solution. Even though agritourism is rather weak on the Walloon tourist market level, it is important for farmers for whom it is often a means of supplementary income. Based on crossed d...
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Based on evidence from nine countries (UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, and Ireland), this special issue analyses the fabrics of farm tourism in Europe. It identifies two main development trends: on one hand, a small scale and dispersed activities, at the other hand a product in response to tourist market demand. A br...
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Landscape researchers have devoted relatively little attention to ordinary or everyday landscapes. This paper investigates differences in opinion about the attractiveness of these landscapes between groups of people according to their linguistic area and other socio-demographic charac-teristics. A survey of 1,542 Dutch and French speakers in Belgiu...
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What should remain of research and discussions (especially in the French humanistic geography) concerning human territoriality from a place management perspective? The paper suggests a voluntary biased synthesis as well as several tools to help beginner geographers or non geographers to grasp the main points and to revisit their views.
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Ethnic tourism is a form of tourism consisting of visiting places to discover communities who live differently. First, the paper defines ethnic tourism, including its relations to cultural tourism. Secondly, it analyses the multiple uses of the expression "Ethnic tourism" on the World Wide Web. More than eighties tourism destinations are listed. Th...
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What should remain of research and discussions (especially in the French humanistic geography) concerning human territoriality from a place management perspective? The paper suggests a voluntary biased synthesis as well as several tools to help beginner geographers or non geographers to grasp the main points and to revisit their views.
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The aim of this article on spatial familiarity is to measure to what extent the location representing an individual's living space and his cognitive map are familiar to him. Based on a study by Gale,Golledge, Halperin and Couclelis (1990), it explores the spatial familiarity of the inhabitants of two suburban municipalities north of Liege (Belgium)...
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The recent increase of the price of energy and the awareness of the global warming stimulated the development of on wind energy parks in many parts of the world. In Belgium the wind power capacity increased significantly over the last 5 years from a capacity of 35 MW in 2002 to 287 MW at the end of 2007. It may be expected that the number of wind t...
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New ruralism is both a new concept developed by researchers, especially in California, and a marketing tool deriving from the new vision of rurality of a broad segment of the American population. This concept results from the conjunction of the urban-based ‘smart growth’ trend and research on sustainable agriculture. The paper comments on the state...
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This deliverable is an attempt to create a link between WP5 and the rest of CAENTI WPs that is able toworks on territory situation. Questions we would like to answer are: What sort of characteristics make the participatory methodologies interesting for participation or which "Quality Letter" pillar they contribute to enhance. How to use them in ord...
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Although tools and methods are of major importance for territorial intelligence, each action research begins with the creation of a network of actors and researchers. How to do this? Which strategies are the most efficient and ethically acceptable? The paper analyses how stakeholders of a public place were joined to work together on a new approach...
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The paper presents the way a framework for (self-)assessment to improve the sustainability of practices in public places and spaces was created during the first months of the Topozym action research. It underlines obstacles encountered and solutions found by a multidisciplinary team in creating this tool. Based on this critical self-analysis, the d...
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The territorial sensitivities method was proposed as a tool to collect senses of places and meanings of landscape features. It was presented as an alternative of the traditional participation process to take into account the inhabitants' meanings in physical planning projects. The method is based on the comparison of an "objective" inventory of loc...
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Les auteurs recherchent des géoindicateurs pour la voie romaine Bavay-Tongres et analyse leur pertinence. Un géo-indicateur est un élément localisé qui renseigne de la coprésence ou de la proximité d'un autre élément moins appréhensible. Huit indicateurs sont discutés (recti-tude, surélévation, position sur la ligne de crête, rôle de limites admini...
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Predstavljena je pokrajinska pestrost valonske regije, ukrepi za obnovopodeželja, selitve nazaj na podeželje in novi izzivi valonskega podeželja.
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Great landscape diversity of Walloon region, actions for a rural renewal, migratory flows back to rural areas and new challenges of Walloon rural area are represented. K Keeyy wwoorrddss:: Walloon region, rural area, rural renewal, agriculture.
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Les etudes de cas a grande echelle peuvent, lorsqu'elles sont bien choisies, eclairer des mecanismes qui restent dans l'ombre ou sont difficiles a distinguer par des analyses a petite echelle. Les histoires des populations de Burtonville, replacees dans leur contexte regional, montrent : • les decalages (souvent gommes par les statistiques) de repr...
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Which factors heighten sensitivity to environmental changes? The answer to this question is of interest to everyone who acts on the environment. However, methods and concepts still need to be explored before a geography of sensibility could respond to this demand. This pap er presents the methodological contributions and results of an exploratory s...
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If they are well selected, macro scale analyses permit to underline some mechanisms that remain hidden or are difficult to distinguish with micro scale analysis. The populations' stories an history of Burtonville in their regional context show: • lags of demographic revivals between villages and small towns • relevance of material constraints inher...
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ResumeQuels sont les facteurs qui favorisent la sensibilite a une modification de l’environnement ? Les reponses a cette question interesseraient toutes les personnes qui agissent sur l’environnement. Des methodes et des concepts sont cependant a explorer avant qu’une geographie du sensible reponde a cette demande. L’article presente les apports me...
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Cet article est le resultat de l'etude de 10.000 permis d'inhumer. Il analyse les transferts des corps dans une region urbaine de 510.000 habitants et tente d'expliquer les motivations du choix du cimetiere. Il met en evidence les relations entre les mobilites post-mortem, les differents niveaux des mobilites des populations et les cultures.
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Cultural space is full of significance and attachments. To illustrate the importance of a place or river names for people, this paper analyses a petty local quarrel about the name of a river, the Salm or Glain, in the Belgian Ardenne and asks the question : which has more meaning for the people, the place name or the place itself ? (Résumé d'auteur...
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tableau 1. Caractérisation de quatre types de campagnes européennes dynamiques types de campagnes agriculture démographie interconnaissance economie Agricoles + --+ Fragiles ----Périurbaines -+ -(+) Vivantes (+) + + + résumé L'article analyse à travers une étude des modes d'habiter les campagnes romaines, la diversité des dynamiques de celles-ci. I...
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Résumé La contribution est un arrêt sur image d'une vision de la géographie de l'auteur. Elle souligne les influences et l'importance des rencontres. Elle propose le point de vue comme concept clé de sa géographie Mots-Clés : Géographie, Epistémologie, Géographie humaniste, Point de vue, Modèle Summary The contribution is a freeze frame on author's...

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