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. Furthermore, I have assessed qualiteis of green spaces and how they are managed and planned. One, very specific type of green space, which has caught my research interest the last 10 years, is the cemetery. Hence a lot of the publications covers perspectives on cemeteries as unique urban green spaces. For publication list, see further down.


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, and returned as researcher to SLU. I am now Senior Lecturer, with a lot of teaching responsibilities.  During the years as researcher, 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

Nordh, H., House, D., Westendorp, M., Maddrell, A., Wingren, C., Kmec, S., McClymont, K., Jedan, C., Uteng, T.P., Beebeejaun, Y., Venbrux, E. (2021) Rules, norms and practices - A comparative study exploring disposal practices and facilities in Northern Europe. OMEGA- Journal of Death and Dying.  

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.


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