Nature, Green Spaces and Outdoor Recreation – University of Copenhagen

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Nature, Green Spaces and Outdoor Recreation 

The research field of the multidisciplinary group is the socio-cultural ecosystem services provided by rural as well as urban green and blue infrastructures. Central research themes include outdoor recreation (“friluftsliv”), tourism, green space governance and management, and branding. Our work draws upon a wide range of disciplines and fields, including landscape architecture, forestry, geography, and the social sciences.

The applied perspective of our research aims at guiding policy makers, planners, and managers by translating gained knowledge into practice.

Projects

Major research projects

  • GREEN SURGE (Green Infrastructure and Urban Biodiversity for Sustainable Urban Development and the Green Economy) 
  • DIABOLO (Distributed, Integrated And Harmonised Forest Information For Bioeconomy Outlooks)
  • Havfriluftsliv (Online mapping survey of water-related activities)
  • Fremtidens Landskaber 
  • Collective Impact Det åbne land som dobbelt ressource (Evaluation of recreational benefits from land consolidation projects under the Collective Impact project: “Landscape as a double resource”) 
  • Cost Action FP1204 GreenInUrbs (Green Infrastructure approach - linking environmental with social aspects in studying and managing urban forests)

Completed projects

PhD projects

Publications

    Some selected publications - search for more publications

    • Jensen, Frank Søndergaard, & Koch, N.E., 2004: Twenty-five years of forest recreation research in Denmark and its influence on forest policy. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 19 (Suppl. 4): 93-102.
    • Edwards, D.M., Jay, M., Jensen, Frank Søndergaard, Lucas, B., Marzano, M., Montagne, C., Peace, A. & Weiss, G., 2012: Public preferences for structural attributes of forests: Towards a pan-European perspective. Forest Policy and Economics 19: 12-19.
    • Jacobsen, L.-.B., Jensen, Frank Søndergaard, Bakhtiari, F. & Thorsen, B.J., 2014: Friluftslivets nationaløkonomiske fodaftryk. IFRO Rapport 229. Institut for Fødevare- og Ressourceøkonomi, Københavns Universitet. 51 pp.+appendix. 
    • Gamborg, C., Jensen, Frank Søndergaard, 2017: Attitudes to recreational hunting: A quantitative survey of the general public in Denmark. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism 17: 20-28.

    Staff

    Members of the research group

    PhD students

    Among the groups key research themes are:

    • Monitoring programmes/inventories for outdoor activities
    • Outdoor recreation planning and management
    • Outdoor recreation of various user groups
    • Conflicts related to outdoor recreation activities
    • Forest and landscape preferences, sense of place and view of nature and values
    • Experience and accessibility mapping
    • Marine spatial planning (outdoor recreation and tourism)
    • Garden and nature based tourism
    • Urban forestry and urban greening
    • Green spaces and city branding
    • Ethics related to hunting and wildlife management
    • Citizen science.

    Within certain fields the research group has close collaboration with the Centre for Outdoor Research and Education at the department’s Forest and Landscape College – including teaching in e.g. the “Natur- og kulturformidler” - the natural and cultural heritage manager -programme.