The Landscape, economy and planning (LEP) aims at coordinating research activities involving several different but related approaches:
- models of policy, governance and processes on specific critical issues in order to better manage the environment and territory, through the study of the interactions between the social system, the institutions and the economy with the environment, so as to highlight the dynamic and evolutionary phenomena that are found between the systems themselves. In particular, three areas of interest in the study of these interactions:
- economical evaluation of environmental quality, both aspects negative – environmental damage – and positive – the economic benefits of the environment;
- evaluation of public activities aimed at the restoration, preservation and enhancement of environmental features;
- and use planning methodologies aimed at optimizing the use of land and resources by humans through regulatory requirements linking environmental, social and economic aspects.
- geo-historical, anthropological and economic analysis of the territory, with particular attention to social structures and landscape, with economic and managerial purposes and focussed on the reconstruction of the dialectic between territorial components (urban-rural, mountain-plain, sea-hinterland, etc.)
- conservation, protection, management, development and regeneration of the “heritage” in the broadest implication of historical-cultural, landscape, urban, environmental and construction.