Nature, Health & Design
The research group work focuses on research, development and teaching within evidence-based health design and nature-based treatment with the aim to improve health outcomes for various user- and target groups.
- Nacadia effect study (NEST)
- The Health Forest Octovia project
- The SUSY Green project
- Health Promoting Nature for with mobility disabilities
Ongoing PhD projects
Completed PhD projects
- Dorthe Varning Poulsen, Physiotherapist. War veterans’ with PTSD experiences of nature-based therapy.
- Ulrik Sidenius, Landscape architect. Post occupancy evaluation of the design of the forest therapy garden Nacadia®
- Karin Kragsig Peschardt, Landscape architect. Health Promoting Pocket Parks in a Landscape Architectural Perspective. 2014
- Shureen Faris, Landscape architect. Restorative Green Outdoor Environment at Acute Care Hospitals. 2013
- Sus Sola Corazon, Master in educational psychology. Stress, Nature & Therapy. 2012
- Lene Lottrup, Architect, Industrial PhD (Arkitema). Workplaces and access to green outdoor environments. 2012
- Anne Dahl Refshauge, Landscape architect. PlayLab Cph - Design and use of public playgrounds in urban green spaces. 2012
- Victoria Linn Lygum, Landscape architect. Healing gardens at crisis shelters for women and children survivors of domestic violence. 2012
- Jasper Schipperijn, Forester. Use of urban green space. 2010
Nature, Health & Design Lab
- Stigsdotter, UK. 2015. Nature, Health & Design. Alam Cipta, International journal of sustainable tropical design research and practice, volume 8, special issue 2, pp 89-96.
Nacadia effect study (NEST)
- Sidenius, U., Nyed, PK., Lygum, LL., Stigsdotter, UK. 2017. A Diagnostic Post-Occupancy Evaluation of the Nacadia® Therapy Garden. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vpl. 14, issue 882, pp. 1-26.
- Sidenius, U., Stigsdotter, UK., Poulsen, DV., Bondas, T. 2017." I look at my own forest and fields in a different way ": The lived experience of nature-based therapy in a therapy garden when suffering from stress-related illness, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being, vol. 12, issue 1, pp. 1-14.
- Sidenius, U., Stigsdotter, UK., Refshauge, AD. & 2015. A year in the Therapy Forest Garden Nacadia®: Participants’ use and preferred locations in the garden during a nature-based treatment program. Alam Cipta, International journal of sustainable tropical design research and practice, volume 8, special issue 2, pp. 44-53.
- Corazon, SS., Stigsdotter, UK., Moeller, MS. & Rasmussen, SM. 2012. Nature as Therapist: Integrating permaculture with mindfulness- and acceptance based therapy in the Danish Healing Forest Garden Nacadia. European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counseling. 14:4, pp. 335-347.
- Corazon, S.S., Schilhab, T.S.S., & Stigsdotter UK. 2011. Developing the therapeutic potential of embodied cognition and metaphors in nature-based therapy: lessons from theory to practice. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, volume 11, issue 2, pp. 161–171.
The Health Forest Octovia project
- Stigsdotter, UK., Corazon, SS., Sidenius, U., Kristensen, J., Grahn, P. 2017. It is not all bad for the grey city – A crossover study on physiological and psychological restoration in a forest and an urban environment, Health & Place, vol. 46, pp. 145–154.
- Stigsdotter, UK., Corazon, SS., Sidenius, U., Reshauge, A., Grahn, P. 2017. Forest design for mental health promotion—Using perceived sensory dimensions to elicit restorative responses. Landscape and Urban Planning, vol. 160, pp.1-15.
- Stigsdotter, UK. & Grahn, P. 2011. Stressed individual’s preferences for activities and environmental characteristics in green spaces. Urban Forestry & Urban greening, volume 10, issue 4, pp. 295-304.
- Grahn, P. & Stigsdotter, UK. 2010. The relation between perceived sensory dimensions of urban green space and stress restoration. Landscape and Urban Planning, volume 94, issues 3-4, pp. 264-275.
The SUSY Green project
- Schipperijn, J, Bentsen, P. Troelsen, J., Toftager, M. & Stigsdotter, UK. 2013. Associations between physical activity and characteristics of urban green space. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. Volume 12, issue 2.
- Toftager, M., Ekholm. O., Schipperjin, J., Stigsdotter, UK., Bentsen, P., Grønbæk, M., Randrup, TB., Kamper-Jørgensen, F. 2011. Distance to green space and physical activity: a Danish national representative survey. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, issue 8, pp. 741-749.
- Stigsdotter, UK., Ekholm, O., Schipperijn, J., Toftager, M., Kamper-Jørgensen, F., Randrup, TB. 2010. Health promoting outdoor environments - Associations between green space, and health, health-related quality of life and stress based on a Danish national representative survey. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, volume 38, issue 4, pp. 411-417.
Health promoting nature for with mobility disabilities
- Stigsdotter, UK., Corazon, SS., Ekholm, O. (accepted) A nationwide Danish survey on the use of green space by individuals with mobility disabilities. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.
- Zhang, G., Poulsen, DV., Lygum, VL., Corazon, SS., Gramkow, MC., Stigsdotter, UK. 2017. Health-Promoting Nature for People with Mobility Impairments – A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14, 703, pp. 1-20.
Members of the research group
- Ulrika K. Stigsdotter, Professor MSO
- Natalie Marie Gulsrud, Assistant Professor
- Dorthe Varning Poulsen, Assistant Professor
- Sus Sola Corazon, Assistant Professor
- Victoria Linn Lygum, Assistant Professor
- Ulrik Sidenius Petersen, Research Assistant
- Marie Christoffersen Gramkow, Research Assistant
- Inger Elisabeth Lerstrup, Research Assistant
- Patrik Karlsson Nyed, Academic Employee
- Amethyst Molina Mikkelsen, Academic Officer
- Sandra Gentin, Assistant Professor
- Dorthe Djernis, PhD Student
- Gaochao Zhang, PhD Student
Nature, Health & Design is a multidisciplinary group of researchers, conducting research within a wide range of current research trends on interactions between man, human health, natural environment and health design. Most of the research has an applied perspective and is aimed at scientists, practitioners and students. Nature, Health & Design’s research expertise provides evidence to guide policy makers, city planners, landscape architects, and therapists in translating gained knowledge into practice.
Nature, Health & Design Laboratory
The demand for different types of natural environments that promote health and/or support treatment is increasing globally. However, not all natural environments are good for our health. Indeed, there are examples on natural environments that have had negative health outcomes. The conscious design of green spaces and gardens so that they, in a certain way, support health processes and result in improved health outcomes has evolved into a new branch of landscape architecture. The English-speaking countries refer to it as ‘health design’.
The research group has established a Nature, Health and Design Laboratory to serve as a site for research, practice, demonstration and teaching. The laboratory is located in the Hørsholm Arboretum. The laboratory is the first of its kind, and the focus is generally on the interaction between nature, health, and design.
Therapy garden and health forest
The laboratory currently consists of two projects: the therapy garden Nacadia® and the health forest Octovia®, but Move Green Lab will hopefully be a part of the laboratory in the nearest future. The two projects represents the two main perspectives within health design: In Nacadia®, nature-based treatment is offered to people suffering from stress-related diseases, while Octovia® offers nature experiences that aim to promote good health and prevent illnesses. Both projects are based on a common theoretical framework, and are designed according to the evidence-based health design process.
You can read more about our work with health design within landscape architecture and nature-based use and treatment here
Head of Research Group
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The research group is currently offering the Master’s course ‘Health Design’ (15 ECTS) and a professional master’s programme in ‘Landscape and planning’ with focus on nature based therapy and health promotion (in Danish).
Collaborations include national and international universities and institutions. Read more here.