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Amalia Engström

Amalia Engström
PhD-student in landscape architecture at the Department for urban and rural development.


In january 2018 i staretd as a PhD-student in landscape architecture at SLU. Together with Mattias Qviström, Märit Jansson, Johan Pries and Mia Ågren I am working within the research project Welfare landscapes reassembled: policies for sustainable outdoor recreation in times of urban densification.

My project focus on contemporary strategic greenspace and landscape planning for outdoor recreation. Through a historical comparison to the welfare planning of the 1970’s I hope to discuss how changing discourses in planning effect the spatial distribution and role of green spaces for recreation.

My reserach intrests are; planning theory, human geography, social effects of planning and design, discurses on landscape and nature, urban sociology, socio-material relations, landscape theory. 

The preliminary title of my thesis is Negotiating spaces for outdoor recreation: examining landscape planning in the densifying city.



International conferences: 

AESOP annual congress, Chalmers Gothenburg 2018
Presentation title: TOD after work: tracing everyday recreational mobilities in planning policies and in the field

Nordic geographies meeting, NTNU Trondheim 2019
Presentation title: A troubled landscape planning – making space for recreation in the densifying city

Governing Urban Natures: Infrastructure, Citizenship and Municipal Ecologies, Aarhus University 2019
Presentation title: Urban natures and urban densities: studying tensions in contemporary recreational planning


Other engagements: 

Participated in Movium and The Swedish Sports Confederations publication on Rörelserik Stadsutveckling, and associated seminar during Almedalen 2019.

Speaker at National congress Träffpunkt Idrott, Gothenburg 2020. 


Duting 2019 I act as Facilitator for the SLU Landscape PhD's Forum


I have a background in human geography and urban planning. In my maters thesis Bredäng in flux: reshaping modernist spaces through contemporary planning, I researched how contemporary ideals in planning are relating to modernist urban fabrics and landscapes. My focus on competing understandings of green spaces in my master’s thesis will be expanded and depended within my PhD project.


Doctoral Student at the Department of Urban and Rural Development; Landskapsarkitektur Fysisk planering
Telephone: +4618673511, +46737274652