I am a lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture (2024-) and currently serve as the unit lead for Master of Landscape Architecture dissertations. I have previously directed the Urban Studies & Spatial Practices program at Al-Quds Bard College, Palestine (2017 to 2022) and worked on landscape planning, policy, and project steering at the IGA 2027 (2022-2024). I hold chartership with the Chamber of Architects in Germany and serve as a trustee of the Landscape Research Group.

My research, pedagogy, and practice locate landscape centre to questions of belonging and sovereignty. I examine landscape as a relational but situated site, within which colonial modernity is registered and made legible, but also as the subject through which subaltern claims to sovereignty are articulated. My work frames landscape as a discursive category: operating across the material, representational (legal, political and aesthetic) and social domain. It is from this departure point that I work trans-disciplinary and engage community-centred approaches, artistic research, and methods from the social sciences and experimental humanities.

My research has focussed on the intersections between landscape, migration and displacement, (e.g. Haendeler, Jens, Alex Ioannou, and Anushka Athique. ‘Weaponised Landscapes: Mapping the Calais “Jungle”’. Edited by Ed Wall, Alex Malaescu, Iulia Fratila, Jens Haendeler, and Alex Ioannou. Testing Ground, no. 2 (2019): 16–23.) performative landscapes and common memory production in Palestine, (e.g. Haendeler, Jens. ‘Atlas Al-‘Aīn: The Performativity of “Return” and Common Memory Production’. PARSE The University of Gothenburg & Platform for Artistic Research Sweden, no. 10 Intersections (2020)) and questions of translation. (e.g. Critical Practice Studio / مشاع للممارسة الناقدة) Works have been exhibited and presented in the Haus der Statistik, Berlin, the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman and Radio AlHara, Palestine amongst other venues.

I am an alumni of the Experiential Learning Institute at Bard College, have trained in—and taught— Language and Thinking, and have significant experience in the development of courses and curricula. For example: Dis-located identities in a Fragmenting World, (with Prof Tom Selwyn, SOAS, amongst others) بدو \ land(scape), space, (with Dr Shourideh Molavi, The American University in Cairo) Lexicon of Migration, (Bard Network) a year-long transdisciplinary school Critical Practice Studio / مشاع للممارسة الناقدة (with Omar Hmidat) and most recently CoDesigning Cities (with Dr Leonardo Parra-Agudelo, Universidad de los Andes, and Dr Mauricio Mejia, Arizona State University).



Haendeler, J., 2022. translations / ????, 8/1/2022 - 12/1/2022.


Wall, E., 2019. 'Testing Ground 02: Other Sides', Advanced Landscape and Urbanism at the University of Greenwich, London.


Haendeler, J., Hmidat, O., 2022. 'Scales of Sharing'.

Haendeler, J., 2020. 'mixtapes of migration / ??????? ????????'.

Journal Articles

Haendeler, J., Ioannou, A., Athique, A., 2019. 'Weaponised Landscapes: Mapping the Calais 'Jungle'', TESTING-GROUND, 02.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Haendeler, J., 2024. 'Atlas al-'Ain: The Performativity of "return" and Common Memory Production', Parse, 11.