C. Zagaria MSc.

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faculteit der bètawetenschappen ( environmental geography )
PhD researcher


Cecilia Zagaria is a PhD student in the Environmental Geography group where she started working in April 2015. Her current research is focusing on modelling and assessing drivers and impacts of land use change within European cultural landscapes, in contribution to the HERCULES project. Prior to employment within the group, Cecilia focused her academic training on exploring spatial dynamics of land use change and ecosystem service provision. Her MSc thesis involved modelling the potential of sustainable land management practices in fostering priority ecosystem service provision for the development of climate adaptation strategies at the regional level. Further work has involved researching and conducting fieldwork in the mapping of community values for cultural ecosystem services.


Sustainable land management, land use change & ecosystem services modelling, cultural landscapes.

Academic training

2012-2015MSc International Land and Water Management, Wageningen University, Netherlands
2009-2012BSc Environmental Geography, University of York, United Kingdom

Professional employment history

2015-presentPhD researcher, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2015Research Intern, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2014Research Intern, CEBAS Institute of the Spanish National Research Council, Murcia, Spain

Recent projects


2015-presentHERCULES: Sustainable Futures for Europe’s Heritage in Cultural Landscapes: Tools for Understanding, Managing and Protecting Landscape Functions and Values

Ancillary activities

No ancillary activities
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017