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. My lectures focus on landscape theory, landscape change and landscape assessment as a tool for understanding a landscape, arguing for the values of a landscape and communicating the landscape values.
I am responsible for the Master course LK0330: Landscape Architects methods and roles in comprehensive planning
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 for the following PhD. candidates:
Maglan Charles Sangenoi: Land use Dynamics in Small Towns: Analysis of Factors Shaping the Spatial Growth of Handeni Town, Tanzania (ongoing)
Paola Ledo: Planning in the context of weak planning institutions and lack of resources for implementation – the case of Sacaba, Bolivia (ongoing)
Publikationer i urval
Peer review articles
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,
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. (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.
Butler, A., Åkerskog, A., Sarlöv-Herlin, I., Knez, I., Sang, Å., Åkerskog, A. & Ångman, E. (2017) Landscape character before and after a forest perceptions and objective descriptions. Conference: Eclas conference 2017: Creation/Reaction. Greenwich, UK.
Calderon, C. & Butler, A. (2016) ‘Towards the development of landscape democracy: a theoretical contribution’, in Uniscape. Landscape values place and praxis (Galway, Ireland June 29th – July 2nd, 2016).
Butler, A., Sarlöv-Herlin, I., Knez, I., Sang, Å., Åkerskog, A. & Ångman, E. (2016) Landscape as a developing discourse: contested landscape identities in an area affected by forest fire. Landscape values place and praxis (Galway, Ireland June 29th – July 2nd, 2016).
Butler, A. (2020). Routledge handbook of landscape character assessment. Landscape Research.
Butler, A. (2017). Landscape analysis: investigating the potentials of space and place. Landscape Research, 42 (7), 806-807.
Link to thesis: https://pub.epsilon.slu.se/11251/1/butler_a_140603.pdf