Nature, Green Spaces and Outdoor Recreation – University of Copenhagen

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Nature, Green Spaces and Outdoor Recreation 

The research field of this multidisciplinary group is socio-cultural ecosystem services provided by rural as well as urban green and blue infrastructures, e.g. outdoor recreation, green space management, and branding.


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


Selected recent publications - search for more publications

Selected earlier publications


Members of the research group

PhD students

Among the group's 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.

The applied perspective of our research aims at guiding policy makers, planners, and managers. 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 natural and cultural heritage manager programme (Natur- og kulturformidler).