Andrew Butler

Andrew Butler


My interests lie in discourses on landscape; who creates them and by what means. This takes me into issues of landscape identity, participation in landscape issues and landscape assessment as a means for forwarding these discourses.


I am engaged with lecturing and supervision through out the Landscape Architecture programme. The main focus of my teaching is landscape assessment as a tool for understanding a landscape, arguing for the values of a landscape and communicating the landscape values.


After a decade of building gardens and dry-stone walls across the United Kingdom, I undertook a program in Landscape Architecture at Leeds Metropolitan University (Now Beckett University) in the UK.

Upon graduating I began a career as a landscape planner – landscape architect, working in both the UK and Sweden.  The main focus of my work was with landscape (character) assessment.

In 2008 I began a Ph.d education at SLU, Ultuna, and 6 years later after periods of parental leave was awarded a doctoral degree for my thesis titled ‘Developing Theory of Public Involvement in Landscape Planning: Democratising Landscape’. My thesis subsequently won a Landscape Research Groups prize for best planning thesis in 2015.

I have since undertaken a two year post-doctoral position at SLU Ultuna. This was followed by an employment at NMBU (Norwegian University of Life Science) as an associate professor (førsteamanuensis), before returning to SLU as a researcher in landscape planning.



I am at present co-supervisor to Maglan Charles Sangenoi

Publikationer i urval

Butler, A. & Sarlöv-Herlin, I. (2019). Changing Landscape Identity – Practice, Plurality & Power. Editorial special issue: Landscape identity and landscape change, Landscape research.

Butler, A., Knez, I., Sarlöv-Herlin, I., Åkerskog, A., Sang, Å. & Ångman, E., (2019) Foraging for identity; Relationships between landscape activities and landscape identity, in the case of catastrophic landscape change. Landscape Research,

Calderon, C. & Butler, A. (2019) Politicising the landscape: A theoretical contribution towards the development of participation in landscape planning. Landscape Research.

Butler, A. (2019). A critical approach to teaching landscape assessment. In (eds.) Jørgensen, K., Karadeniz, N., Mertens, E. & Stiles, R. Routledge Handbook of teaching landscape. Routledge.

Butler, A. (2018). Landscape assessment as conflict or consensus. In (eds.) Egoz, S., Ruggeri, D. & Jørgensen, K.  Defining Landscape Democracy. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Knez, I., Butler, A., Sarlöv-Herlin, I., Sang, Å. Ångman, E., & Åkerskog, A. (2018). Before and After a Natural Disaster: Disruptions in Place-identity and Wellbeing. Journal of Environmental Psychology.

Butler, A., Sarlöv-Herlin, I., Knez, I., Ångman, E., Sang, Å. & Åkerskog, A. (2017) Landscape identity, before and after a forest fire. Landscape Research. 

Chmielewski, T., Butler, A., Kułak, A., & Chmielewski, S. (2017) Landscape’s physiognomic structure: conceptual development and practical applications. Landscape Research.

Butler, A. (2016). Dynamics of integrating landscape values in landscape character assessment: the hidden dominance of the objective outsider. Landscape Research.

Butler, A. & Åkerskog, A. (2014). Awareness-raising of landscape in practice. An analysis of Landscape Character Assessments in England. Land Use Policy

Butler, A. & Berglund, U. (2014). Landscape Character Assessment as an Approach to Understanding Public Interests within the European Landscape Convention. Landscape Research.


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Universitetslektor vid Institutionen för stad och land; Avdelningen för Landskapsarkitektur
Telefon: +4618672662
Arbetsbeskrivning: Landscape Assessment, Landscape perceptions and Participation.
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