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.
Key research themes
- 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.
Guiding policy makers, planners, and managers
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).
Major research projects
- Havfriluftsliv (Online mapping survey of water-related activities)
- 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”)
- VIVA-PLAN is about revitalising in-between spaces in residential housing areas to promote nature conservation, social inclusion and human well-being. The project aim is to develop sustainable plans with social and ecological values for public areas to engage local residents in active participation in proposed activities.
- SMARTer Greener Cities (no homepage yet). SMARTer Greener Cities aims to develop and test novel tools and processes for explicitly converging social, ecological, and technological approaches. The convergence of these approaches will promote resilient and equitable urban futures in Helsinki, Copenhagen, and Stockholm, and generate new opportunities for transformative change and increasing resilience to extreme events in other Nordic cities.
- Planning with youth (no homepage yet). Engaging, meaningful and forward-looking participation of youngsters in shaping attractive and sustainable living environments. This project aims to
1) systematically and empirically assessing challenges with youth involvement planning,
2) testing and comparing alternative tools with youngsters (13-18 years), and
3) develop an intergenerational framework for planning of blue-green infrastructure in public places.
- Center for Børn og Natur: Baseline for children’s use of nature. A survey of 4,500 children (1-15 years old).
- Barrierer for offentlighedens adgang til naturen. A national survey of barriers (signs, fences etc.) which may obstruct public access to the Danish countryside and nature areas.
- GREEN SURGE (Green Infrastructure and Urban Biodiversity for Sustainable Urban Development and the Green Economy)
- Cost Action FP1204 GreenInUrbs (Green Infrastructure approach - linking environmental with social aspects in studying and managing urban forests)
- DIABOLO (Distributed, Integrated And Harmonised Forest Information For Bioeconomy Outlooks)
- Fremtidens Landskaber
- Yu Liu. Blue-green Infrastructure (BGI) as Network of Social Spaces for Healthy Urban Living in Cities
Completed PhD projects
- Maja Steen Møller: Bioculture and Innovative Governance of Urban Green Spaces
- Planning for city walking and cycling
- Projekt Børn & Skov
- Ecological Resilience of Small Urban Parks: System Functionality and Adaptation to Disturbances
- The Role of Green Space in City Branding. An Urban Governance Perspective
- Outdoor recreation and ethnicity – seen in a Danish adolescent perspective
- Parks, People and Places. Place-based governance in urban green space maintenance
- GIS-based Recreation Experience Mapping: Development, Validation and Implementation
Selected recent publications - search for more publications
- Kaae, B. C., Holm, J., Caspersen, O. H., & Gulsrud, N. M. (2019). Nature Park Amager–examining the transition from urban wasteland to a rewilded ecotourism destination. Journal of Ecotourism.
- Gulsrud, N. M., Raymond, C. M., Rutt, R. L., Olafsson, A. S., Plieninger, T., Sandberg, M., ... Jönsson, K. I. (2018). ‘Rage against the machine’? The opportunities and risks concerning the automation of urban green infrastructure. Landscape and Urban Planning, 180, 85-92.
- Steen Møller, M., & Stahl Olafsson, A. (2018). The Use of E-Tools to Engage Citizens in Urban Green Infrastructure Governance: Where Do We Stand and Where Are We Going? Sustainability, 10, .
- Verbrugge, L., Buchecker, M., Garcia, X., Gottwald, S., Müller, S., Præstholm, S., & Stahl Olafsson, A. (2019). Integrating sense of place in planning and management of multifunctional river landscapes: experiences from five European case studies. Sustainability Science, 14(3), 669-680.
- Nature-based integration of immigrants in Europe - a review / Gentin, Sandra; Pitkänen, Kati; Chondromatidou, Anna Maria; Præstholm, Søren; Dolling, Ann; Palsdottir, Anna Maria. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Bind 43, 126379, 2019
- The impact of field layer characteristics on forest preference in Southern Scandinavia / Nielsen, Anders Busse; Gundersen, Vegard Sverre; Jensen, Frank Søndergaard. Landscape and Urban Planning, Bind 170, 2018, s. 221-230.
- Wildlife value orientations of prospective conservation and wildlife management professionals / Gamborg, Christian; Stamati, Sofia; Jensen, Frank Søndergaard. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Bind 24, Nr. 5, 2019, s. 496-500.
- Fostering incidental experiences of nature through green infrastructure planning / Beery, Thomas H; Raymond, Christopher M; Kyttä, Marketta; Olafsson, Anton Stahl; Plieninger, Tobias; Sandberg, Mattias; Stenseke, Marie; Tengö, Maria; Jönsson, K. Ingemar. I: Ambio, Vol. 46, No. 7, 2017, p. 717-730.
- Linking demand and supply factors in identifying cultural ecosystem services of urban green infrastructures : a review of European studies / Hegetschweiler, K. Tessa; de Vries, Sjerp; Arnberger, Arne; Bell, Simon; Brennan, Michael; Siter, Nathan; Olafsson, Anton Stahl; Voigt, Annette; Hunziker, Marcel. I: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Vol. 21, 2017, p. 48-59.
Selected earlier publications
- Attitudes towards recreational hunting: a quantitative survey of the general public in Denmark / Gamborg, Christian; Jensen, Frank Søndergaard. I: Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, Bind 17, 2017, s. 20-28.
- Is recreational hunting important for landscape multi-functionality?: Evidence from Denmark / Lund, Jens Friis; Jensen, Frank Søndergaard. I: Land Use Policy, Bind 61, 2017, s. 389–397.
- Revealing cultural ecosystem services through Instagram Images : the potential of social media volunteered geographic information for urban green infrastructure planning and governance / Guerrero, Paulina; Møller, Maja Steen; Olafsson, Anton Stahl; Snizek, Bernhard. I: Urban Planning, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2016, p. 1-17.
- 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.
- Towards access for all? Policy and research on access of ethnic minority groups to natural areas in four European countries / Jay, Marion; Peters, Karin; Buijs, Arjen E.; Gentin, Sandra; Kloek, Marjolein E.; O'Brien, Liz . I: Forest Policy and Economics, Bind 19, 2012, s. 4-11.
- Outdoor recreation and ethnicity in Europe: a review / Gentin, Sandra. I: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Bind 10, Nr. 3, 2011, s. 153-161.
- Jensen, Frank Søndergaard, Skov-Petersen, H., Anderson, D.H., Lime, D.W. & Coble, T.G., 2011: Forvaltning af friluftsliv – 25 praktiske anvisninger. Planlægning og Friluftsliv nr. 29, Skov & Landskab, Frederiksberg. 104 p.
- Recreational mapping and planning for enlargement of the green structure in greater Copenhagen / Caspersen, Ole H.; Olafsson, Anton Stahl. I: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2010, p. 101-112.
- 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.
Members of the research group
- Frank Søndergaard Jensen, Professor MSO, Research group leader
- Andreas Aagaard Christensen, Associate professor
- Anton Stahl Olafsson, Associate professor
- Berit Charlotte Kaae, Senior researcher
- Hans Skov-Petersen, Senior researcher
- Ole H. Caspersen, Senior researcher
- Sandra Gentin, Teaching associate professor
- Søren Præstholm, Senior advisor
- Natalie Marie Gulsrud, Associate professor
- Maja Steen Møller, Assistant professor
- Yu Liu, PhD Student