Michiel Purmer is a historical geographer and a specialist on cultural landscapes, historic parks and gardens, archaeology and military heritage. He also has an overall knowledge of architectural heritage and is a broad specialist on landscape and cultural heritage.
He works at Natuurmonumenten, where he works in the broad spectrum of conserving, managing and redeveloping cultural heritage. Recently, he has written the chapter on changes in the landscape for the catalogue of the exhibition ‘Holland at its Best’ about The Hague School landscape paintings in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. He is also currently working on finishing his dissertation on cultural heritage in nature conservation. He often writes publications about cultural heritage and regularly speaks at symposia and conferences on this topic.