Dr. Marcin Spyra is research fellow at the Department of Sustainable Landscape Development, Martin Luther University in Halle – Wittenberg and assistant professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Opole University of Technology. Dr. Spyra graduated in the field of architecture and urbanism from Silesian University of Technology (Poland) and Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden). His research focus is on cross-boundary, urban, peri-urban landscapes and ecosystem services concept in participatory planning. He has been working internationally in the consultancy sector in the field of urbanism and architecture. He is member of European Land-use Institute, European Global Land Project Nodal Office and International Association of Landscape Ecology, where he leads working group "Urban and peri-urban governance". Dr. Spyra has been awarded with several research scholarships including state scholarship for eminent young scientists (2011).
Land governance, Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity , Urban-rural interactions, Land use and conflict
High-impact papers providing theoretical considerations and descriptions of practical case studies concerning ecosystem services and the biodiversity of peri-urban landscapes are invited for an issue of the Land journal.
After a fruitful discussion on Teaching Ecosystem Service at the 10th ESP Conference, Nodal Office Coordinator Marcin Spyra and colleagues are seeking to enrich the pool of answers and get wider responses by making a second round of the survey available. This survey will allow to analyze the state of the art on Teaching Ecosystem Service, so further steps can be identified.