Landscape Planning

Last changed: 02 October 2019

Landscape Planning spans over a broad area of research, teaching and environmental monitoring projects (FOMA) that relates to planning practices in relation to users’ perceptions, experiences and functional ties to the landscape. Cross-sectoral planning is a leading theme.

Analysis and planning of landscapes to promote sustainability is in focus of our teaching, research and development projects. Our scope comprises all types of landscapes, i.e. urban, rural, peri-urban and natural, and is dedicated to meet the UN sustainable development goals. Our approaches are inter- and transdisciplinary from across the humanities and social sciences to natural science and technology, aiming to support decision-making and planning. Important subfields are for example landscape-, garden- and planning history; planning theory; multifunctional landscape planning, stakeholder participation, urban-rural interactions, risk analysis and behavioural decision research. Our networks span regionally, nationally and internationally.

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We test, develop and apply frameworks and theory (e.g. within landscape history, landscape analysis, planning, environmental psychology, landscape ecology, valuation, behavioural decision research) and methods (e.g. interviews, surveys, computer simulations, GIS, landscape analysis, visualisations and cognitive experiments). Examples relate to:

  • Climate change and landscapes in transition
  • Landscape identity related to landscape change
  • Use and planning of every-day urban and rural landscapes for quality of life, particularly for children’s activities and recreation
  • The role of urban density and green structure for urban functions and ecosystem services
  • Planning processes and land use conflicts related to densification and sprawl
  • Trade-offs in localisation with respect to noise, inter-municipal cooperation, etc.
  • Cultural heritage and sustainable development
  • Migration and sustainable development
  • Relation between food consumption, production and urban and rural landscapes
  • Planning discourses and landscape values
  • Risk analysis and behavioural decision research
  • Man's relationship to, and cultivation of landscape in an historical perspective
  • Landscape analysis and geoinformatics (GIS)
  • Geodesign
  • Use of social media for collecting data on stakeholder perception on landscapes

Research projects within Landscape Planning


Members of the subject area:

Frederik Aagaard Hagemann

Urban sustainability, action research, democratization of social-ecological development 

Matilda Alfengård

Urban planning, sustainable development, comprehensive landscape planning

Elin Anander

Forest management, Short-rotation forestry, Hybrid aspen on forestland
Kristina Blennow

Risk communication, risk analysis, ”science and proven experience” 

Hanna Elgåker

Linnéa Fridell  Outdoor recreation, sustainable urban planning and management, landscape analysis
Christine Haaland

Landscape ecology, biodiversity, green infrastructure 

Anna Jakobsson Garden history, social sustainability, heritage of landscape architecture
Åsa Klintborg Ahlklo 

Garden history, green educational history, green gender studies

Eva Kristensson 

Residential open space, urban densification, urban green structure 

Maria Kylin 

Children’s environments, urban planning, pedagogics and design

Anders Larsson 

Comprehensive landscape planning, planning processes, urban-rural interactions

Marie Larsson  

Urban gardening, urban agriculture, community activism

Thomas Lexén 


Veronica Lo 

Conservation planning, ecosystem services, values and visions
Lisa Norfall

 Urban planning, green infrastructure, municipal planning processes

Åsa Ode Sang 

Landscape perception, cultural ecosystem services, landscape analysis

Patrik Olsson

Cultural heritage, Historical geography, Landscape management
Anna Peterson 

Regional development, municipality horses, food

Christopher Raymond 

Social values, ecosystem services, sense of place

Max Ritts

Neil Sang 

GIS, data science, landscape modelling

Ingrid Sarlöv-Herlin 

Interdisciplinary, every-day landscapes, integrated planning and management 

Azadeh Shahrad

Jessica Svännel  GIS, landscape analysis, urban planning
Magdalena Wiedermann Vegetation ecology, global change, biodiversity


Ingrid Sarlöv-Herlin, Professor
The Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, SLU, 040-41 54 07

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