Helena Nordh

Helena Nordh
For several years, I have been involved in different research projects around urban outdoor environments. Being a landscape architect, I have a particular interest in green spaces. I have studied how they are used, perceived, and their importance to public health. One, very specific type of green space, which has caught my research interest, is the cemetery. As a result, I am now employed as research at SLU in the HERA funded project Cemeteries and crematoria as public spaces of belonging in Europe; a study of migrant and minority cultural inclusion, exclusion, and integration.


In 2006 I started my research career. First as a research assistant at SLU Alnarp. Shortly after, I moved to Norway to begin a PhD at NMBU. In 2010, I defended my thesis entitled Restorative components of small urban parks. I continued at NMBU with teaching and research, since 2017 as professor in landscape planning. In 2018, I moved to Sweden with my family, but I still hold a 10% position as NMBU. I have been partner in several interdisciplinary research projects, which has resulted in numerous scientific publications, of which some are presented below. 


Ongoing research projects:

Publikationer i urval

Evensen, K., Nordh. H., Fyhri, A., Hassan, R. (2021) Testing the effect of hedge height on perceived safety – a landscape design intervention. Sustainability. 13(9), 5063;

Evensen, K., Hemsett, G., Nordh. H., (2021) Developing a place-sensitive tool for park-safety management - Experiences from green-space managers and female park users in Oslo. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening (Accepted for publication February 2021).

Nordh, H. & Stahl Olafsson. (2020). Plans for urban green infrastructure in Scandinavia. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management,

Grabalov, P., Nordh, H. (2020)“Philosophical Park”: Cemeteries in the Scandinavian Urban Context. Social Studies. 17. (1)

Nordbø, E. C. A., Raanaas, R. K., Nordh, H., & Aamodt, G. (2020). Disentangling how the built environment relates to children's well-being: Participation in leisure activities as a mediating pathway among 8-year-olds based on the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. Health & Place, 64, 102360. doi:

Nordbø, E., Nordh, H. Raanaas, R.K., Amodt, G. (2019) Promoting activity participation and well-being among children and adolescents: A systematic review of neighborhood built environment determinants. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. doi: 10.11124/JBISRIR-D-19-00051

Nordbø, E., Nordh, H., Raanaas, R.K., Aamodt, G. (2018) GIS-derived measures of the built environment determinants of mental health and activity participation in childhood and adolescence: A systematic review. Landscape and Urban Planning, Volume 177, 19-37.

Nordh, H. & Evensen, K.H. (2018) Qualities and functions ascribed to urban cemeteries across the capital cities of Scandinavia. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, Volume 33, 80-91.

Martens, N., Nordh, H., Gonzales, M. (2018) Visiting the allotment garden – A complete experience. Journal of Housing for the Elderly. 32:2, 121-134.

Rybraten, S., Skår, M., Nordh, H, (2017) The phenomenon of walking: Diverse and dynamic. Landscape research. Volume 44, Issue 1, 62-74.

Nordh, H., Vistad, O-I, Skår, M., Vold, L. Bærum, K.M., (2017) Walking as urban outdoor recreation: public health for everyone. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. Volume 20, 60-66.

Evensen, K. H., Nordh, H., & Skaar, M. (2017). Everyday use of urban cemeteries: A Norwegian case study. Landscape and Urban Planning, Volume 159, 76-84.

Nordh, H. and Asmervik, S. (2016), Universal design as a positive challenge or an undue burden? Kart og plan, Volume 1, 28-38.

Nordh, H., Tuv, K., Koppang, K. (2016).  Norwegian allotment gardens – a study of motives and benefits. Landscape research. Volume 41, Issue 8, 853-868.

Swensen, G., Nordh, H., Brendalsmo, J. (2016) A green space between life and death – a case study of activities in Gamlebyen Cemetery in Oslo, Norway. Norwegian Journal of Geography. Volume 70, Issue 1, 41-53.

Nordh, H., & Østby, K. (2013) Pocket parks for people – A study of park design and use. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 12, Issue 1, 12-17.

Nordh, H., Hagerhall, C.M., Holmqvist, K. (2013) Tracking restorative components - Patterns in eye movements as a consequence of a restorative rating task. Landscape research, Volume 38, Issue 1, 101-116.

Nordh, H., C. Alalouch & Hartig, T. (2011). Assessing restorative components of small urban parks using conjoint methodology. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 10, Issue 2, 95-103.

Nordh, H., Hartig, T., Hagerhall, C. M. & Fry, G. (2009). Components of small urban parks that predict the possibility for restoration. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 8, Issue 4, 225-235.

Nordh, H., Grahn, P. & Währborg, P. (2009). Meaningful activities in the forest, a way back from exhaustion and long-term sick leave. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 8, Issue 3, 207-219.


Forskare vid Institutionen för stad och land; Avdelningen för Landskapsarkitektur
Telefon: 073 242 94 09
Inst för stad och land, Box 7012
Besöksadress: Ulls väg 27, Uppsala