Landscape Planning

Last changed: 24 August 2023

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

Theme Group Leader Patrik Olsson
Subject leader Ingrid Sarlöv-Herlin 
Edu coordinator Anders Westin

Members of the subject area:

Frederik Aagaard Hagemann
Doctoral student

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

Elin Anander

Doctoral Student Forest management, short-rotation forestry, hybrid aspen on forestland
Lina Berglund-Snodgrass Senior Lecturer

Urban planning and local development, planning ideas and knowledge, cross-sectoral collaboration

Kristina Blennow  Professor

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

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


Landscape ecology, biodiversity, green infrastructure 

Abdulghani Hasan


GIS, Hydrological modelling, Urban flood modelling for planning
Anna Jakobsson 

Senior Lecturer

Garden history, social sustainability, heritage of landscape architecture

Christopher Klich

Lecturer Digital Tools, Landscape Visualisation, Spatial Analysis with GIS
Åsa Klintborg Ahlklo  Researcher

Garden history, green educational history, green gender studies

Maria Kylin  Senior Lecturer

Children’s environments, urban planning, pedagogics and design

Anders Larsson  Senior Lecturer

Comprehensive landscape planning, planning processes, urban-rural interactions

Marie Larsson Senior Lecturer

Urban gardening, urban agriculture, community activism

Lisa Norfall Lecturer

Urban planning, green infrastructure, municipal planning processes

Patrik Olsson

Lecturer Cultural heritage, historical geography, landscape management
Anna Peterson  Lecturer

Regional development, municipality horses, food

Neil Sang  Researcher

GIS, data science, landscape modelling

Ingrid Sarlöv-Herlin  Professor

Interdisciplinary, every-day landscapes, integrated planning and management 

Azadeh Shahrad 

Doctoral Student Sense of place, mobility, migration

Love Silow

Lecturer Sustainable landscapes, foodscapes, relations between food, people and place
Sanna Stålhammar

Postdoctor ecosystem services, socio-cultural values, interpretive approaches


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