Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) in Seville, Spain, is a public university committed to offer high quality education. It is located in a single campus equipped with the latest technologies. In its 140 hectares it combines teaching, research, and social and sport activities. All UPO’s courses are adapted to the European Higher Education Area. PECUS will built on UPO’s previous experience developed in research and academic programmes regarding the Diagnosis and Protection of Historical Heritage; Analysis of Risks and Vulnerability in the Historical Heritage; Geographic Information Systems applied to the study of the Environment and Historical Heritage; and New Technologies and Non Destructive Techniques applied to the Conservation of Historical Heritage. PECUS coordinator, Pilar Ortiz Calderón, is director of the Master’s Degree in Diagnostics of the State of Conservation of Historical Heritage and has been main researcher for the Project Art-Risk.

Newcastle University is a public research university located in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. It is one of the top 20 HEIs in the UK in terms of research power. It has a proven track record of meeting the most pressing societal challenges through socially relevant, cross-disciplinary research.

The focus of PECUS fits with the main interests of different research groups and institutes in Newcastle. Moreover, landscape is one of the interdisciplinary research themes of the School of History Classics and Archaeology, and various staff of the same School have an interest in landscape archaeology, landscape history and landscape planning.

The reference person is Dr F. Carrer, who has a well-established expertise in the study of Mediterranean transhumance, from an archaeological and ethno-archaeological perspective. His research investigates the effects of transhumance on landscape and environmental change, integrating archaeological approaches, ethnographic methods and geo-spatial and quantitative technologies.

Catholic University of Valencia (UCV) is a full university with 15.000 students, 8 campuses, 7 faculties, 8 major research institutes involving more than 100 research groups, and 1800 employees. UCV offers 25 bachelor programmes and 50 masters.

The Anthropology Research Institute has been devoted to research on Transhumance since more than 10 years ago, publishing several papers and books on this topic, but also organizing the 1st and2nd International Conference on Transhumance in the Mediterranean. As a result of these conferences, we published two books, one in 2010 “Trashumancia en el Mediterráneo” and the last one “Où Paturer? Le pastoralisme entre crises et adaptations”. The Institute develop their research on this topic in several geographic areas: Corsica, Morocco, South France and Mediterranean Spain. The Director has organized the 1st and 2ndInternational Conference on Transhumance at the Mediterranean and co-editor of three different books on the topic in Spain and France. He has published several papers in international journals on transhumance and conducted research projects in Spain and Morocco on transhumance life and their relation with environment.

The University of Iceland is a state university, situated in the heart of Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. With 14.000 pupils, 1400 staff, and 2500 part time teachers, the University offers opportunities for study and research in over 400 programmes spanning most fields of science and scholarship, including Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, Natural Sciences and Engineering.

It has done research and teaching on transhumance and its relevance for the economic, social and cultural history of Iceland and other countries. The contact person for PECUS, Árni Daníel Júlíusson, PhD, is a specialist at the Faculty of History and Archaeology. His research focuses on agricultural and environmental history, and he published a monograph on the role of transhumance and shielings in the medieval Icelandic agricultural system, based on the analysis of new archaeological surveys.

The Department of History and Archaeology of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) covers the disciplines of History and Archaeology, offering two respective directions of study.

            The departmental excavation on the mountain site of Gaidourophas, near Ierapetra, East Crete has revealed a Late Bronze Age (c. 1600 BC) monumental administrative building at an altitude of 900 m amsl. Also, an intensive survey of the surrounding areas identified several sites, which are directly related with this building. These investigations constitute the first systematic effort to study and understand the exploitation of the uplands in the prehistoric Aegean. Furthermore, the association of the administrative mountain building at Gaidourphas with the Minoan palatial system provides valuable evidence concerning the importance of the mountain resources for the palatial economy and the effort of the palaces to control the uplands for political and economic purposes. An important aspect of this project is the search for archaeological evidence, which may suggest transhumance or other kinds of pastoral activity on the mountains.

U-Space is a private company established in Rome in 2008 by a group of professionals and researchers who have been working together since 2002 in different fields. U-Space has extensive experience in spatial planning and the related environmental assessment activities, participation and involvement of stakeholders, and protection of landscape assets. The company also works in the fields of urban policies and integrated urban strategies, architectural and urban design, and GIS.

Moreover, it counts on a long experience in the preparation and management – both as co-financing partner and external consultant for public authorities – of EU-funded projects at both national and European level (e.g. the LIFE Programme and the ERDF-funded projects of territorial cooperation such as Interreg) focusing on spatial policies and planning, environmental sustainability, environmental and landscape restoration, renewable energies and energy efficiency, sustainable mobility.