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Ingrid Sarlöv Herlin

Ingrid Sarlöv-Herlin
Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management; Alnarp (LAPF), about 90 members of staff. Professor of Landscape Planning. Subject Leader for the Landscape Planning section at LAPF. Currently chair of SLU Landscape (2020).


My research and teaching represents a wide scope within landscape studies, related to the holistic and multifunctional nature of landscape. As a landscape architect, also with some background in biology, I became during my Master Thesis work interested in the interrelations between nature and culture. During my PhD education I narrowed down into landscape ecology of woody species in edge zones of agricultural landscapes. Since my Post Doc time I have expanded my interest to how a diversity of landscape values and functions can be integrated in spatial planning.

My current academic interests includes topics such as sustainable foodscapes, urban agriculture, landscape character assessment; landscape identity and landscape changes; cultural heritage, and animals in the landscape. The European Landscape Convention and its related ideas is also a major topic for my work and I have also been working much with the development the Landscape Architect Education in Europe.

I find everyday landscapes and foodscapes particulary interesting as a key to sustainable living. The question is how we can handle and promote muliple values in planning, management and design of landscapes to meet societal challenges, inlcuding social and cultural perspectives and peoples' relations with the landscape.


Lecturing, supervising and carrying out exmaniations at all levels in landscape architecture, landscape planning and management as well as related fields.    2017, 2018. Course organiser for the course; Exploration in Landscape architecture (15 ETCS credits). Advanced level (Master).

-    2015.  Organizing (with Per Berg) for the Global Challenges Summer Schools for MSc/PhD students on Green and sustainable cities at SLU Alnarp 10-22 August 2015

2015. Course organiser for Theme Course, The European Landscape Convention and Integrated landscape management. (15 ETCS credits). Advanced level (Master).

-    2009 and 2010. “Urban landscape planning” (20 credits) at Sheffield university. Course organiser Anna Jorgensen. Advanced level (Master).

-    2008-2012. Course organiser, main teacher and examiner for ‘Integrated landscape management” (15 ETCS credits). Advanced level (Master). International students, Course language English.

-    2005-2008. Course organiser, main teacher and examiner for ‘Landscape management’ (15 ECTS credits). Advanced level. Course open to international students, Course language English.

-    2004. Teaching at course in “Managing the Rural Environment” (with Chris Short) at School of Environment, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, United Kingdom



Recent funding from research councils:

-    2015. FORMAS. Co-applicant for  “När kommunerna sätter forskningsagendan”  funding for PhD supervision (With Bengt Persson as project leader; totally 8600000 SEK).

-    2015-2017. FORMAS. Landscape up in smoke; revealing the changing landscape related identity among people who used the forest fire area in their daily lives. 3800000 SEK (Project leader, main applicant).

-    2016. Luncheon on the Grass (Frukost i det Gröna). Book project, RAÄ, 280000 SEK.

-    2011. RAÄ. Swedish Board of Cultural Heritage. The role of food and gastronomy for a sustainable landscape heritage. 1300000 SEK. (Project leader).

-    2009- FORMAS, co-applicant; “Landscape Diversity and the Nature/Culture Divide: Landscape Character Analysis, Designated Reserves Areas and the Problem of “Scalar Insularity” in Spatial Planning”. With Kenneth Olwig (Project leader) and Marie Stenseke.

-    Environmental monitoring and assessment. FOMA, SLU: 2009-12. Utvecklande av metod för landskapskaraktärisering, SLU. (Development of methods for landscape characterisation) 2008. 350000 SEK (2009) and 570000 SEK (2010). (Project leader). Extended funding for 2011 and 2012.

-    2009-2012. VINNOVA; VINNMER/ Marie Curie international qualification “Methods for analysing landscape change due to climate change and renewable energy resource development. 3000000 SEK. (Single applicant).

-    VINNOVA. Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems. 2008-07-25-2009-04-10. “Methods for analysing landscape change due to climate change and renewable energy resource development.” Funding for planning of an application for International Co-operation. 50000 SEK. (Single applicant.)

-    2005-01-01-2008-12-31. FORMAS, “The use of grazing animals in urban and near urban landscape management. The public’s and manager’s perspective. 1741000 SEK.  (Single applicant)..

-    2004. FORMAS, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial planning. Skötsel och planering av landskap för mångbruk. En studie från England med reflektioner över svenska förhållanden). 210 000 SEK. (Single applicant).

-    2003. FORMAS, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial planning. Post Doctorate scholarship at the Countryside and Community Research Unit (CCRU). Management plans as a tool to achieve multiple goals in landscape planning. A review of management plans for designated areas and community forests in the UK.”  September 2003-August 2004. 240000 SEK. (Single applicant).

-    2002, FORMAS, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial planning. Post Doctorate scholarship at the Countryside and Community Research Unit (CCRU), 240000 SEK. (Single applicant). Communication tools in integrated landscape planning and public participation- evaluating the experience from the making of new management plans for AONBs. September 2004-February 2005. (Single applicant).

Environmental analysis

Environmental monitoring and assessment. FOMA, SLU: 2009-12. Utvecklande av metod för landskapskaraktärisering, SLU. (Development of methods for landscape characterisation) 2008. 350000 SEK (2009) and 570000 SEK (2010). (Project leader). Extended funding for 2011 and 2012.
Environmental monitoring and assessment. FOMA, SLU: 2009 and 2010. Utvecklande av metod för landskapskaraktärisering, SLU. (Development of methods for landscape characterisation) 2008. 350000 SEK (2009) and 570000 SEK (2010). (Project leader). 


I have an extensive international network; having been involved in international cooperation in teaching and research for many years. This has been carried through, for example, by participation in the steering committee of the EU thematic network LE:NOTRE (comprising more than 80 universities) and the executive board of ECLAS (European Council for Landscape Architecture Schools) and as a represent for ECLAS at the Council of   Europe in Strasbourg on the implementation of the European  landscape convention. I have spent several years in the UK, financed by FORMAS, VINNOVA/Marie Curie and OECD, as a Post Doc and Visiting Research fellow at University of Gloucestershire and University of Sheffield, UK. I have also acted as a member of Council of Europe´s Jury for the European Landscape Award and am a Director of Landscape research group, UK. I was until 2017  the faculty’s represent in the Steering Group for Future Animal Health and Welfare, FAHW at SLU and a Member of the research committee of the focus group on Human-animal interaction lifestyle initiative. I was also member of the Vice Chancellor’s Research Advisory Group at SLU 2013-2017.  I was 2018-2019 in the partnership steering group for Malmö Innovationsarena (MIA) . I am (since 2013) elected member of the Swedish Royal Agriculture and Forestry Academy (KSLA)  and  member of the landscape committee at KSLA; and an elected member of the Royal Fysiographic Society (Kungliga Fysiografiska Sällskapet. Lund) (since 2012). Since 2019, I am a Director of the Landscape Research group, based in the UK.  Between 2019-2020 I'm an elected represent for the academic staff in the University Board of SLU. 


I studied landscape architecture at SLU (in Uppsala and at Alnarp) with a MSc  and a Landscape architecture  exam. in 1990. In 1999 I finalised my PhD  on 'Edge Habitats in Agricultural Landscapes, woody species, landscape ecology and applications for planning'.  I have spent about more than 4 years in England as a Post Doc Fellow at University of Gloucestershire (financed by FORMAS) and as a Visiting Research Fellow at University of Sheffield (financed by Vinnova/Marie Curie), with studies on integrated landscape management and landscape characterisation.  I have also dedicated more than a decade to European networking on teaching and research, through the Steering Committee of the EU Thematic Network LE:NOTRE and the Executive Board of ECLAS (European Council for Landscape Architecture Schools). In this role I have been representing ECLAS at Council of Europe on the implementation of the European Landscape Convention (ELC). 


I am supervising an examining students on all levels; but most recenlty on Masters and PhD level.

Current and recent PhD supervision;

-    Co-supervisor of Kristina Rundcrantz Dr. in Technology: Environmental Compensation for Disrupted Ecological Functions in Swedish Road Planning and Design. Thesis defended. 14 December 2007.

-    Main Supervisor of PhD student Björn Wiström (Landscape architect). Forest Edge Types, Structures, Species composition, Dynamics and Applications. Financed by Swedish Rail Administration. Thesis defended. 15 Jan. 2016.

-    Main supervisor for Research student, landscape architect Johanna Deak Green structure, climate and the planning and building process - tools for bridging the gap. Thesis defended. 18 Nov. 2016.

-    Main supervisor of Thomas Lexén. Municipality borders & spatial planning. How is the Planning and Building Act’s expectations for inter-municipal cooperation enacted concerning the border zones? Licenciat thesis.  An Industry payed PhD in cooperation with Staffanstorp’s kommun, Sweden.

Co-supervisor of Johan Wirdelöv. Studies in Urban Material Culture: Use, Diversity and Everyday Life.

Selected publications

Butler, A., and Sarlöv Herlin, I. (2019). Changing landscape identity, practice, plurality and power. (Editorial for special issue). Landscape Research, Vol.44; 3. Pp.271-277.

Butler, A., Knez, I., Åkerskog, A., Sarlöv-Herlin, I., Ode Sang, Å., Ångman, E., (2019). Foraging for identity. The relationships between landscape activities and landscape identify after catastrophic landscape change. Landscape Research, Vol.44; 3. Pp. 303-319.

Fairclough, G., Sarlöv Herlin, I., Swanwick C.  (2018) Landscape character assessment: a global practice. Howard, P., Thompson, I., Waterton, E., Atha M., (eds.) Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies. Routledge, London. Pp. 576-588.

 Fairclough, G., Sarlöv Herlin, I., Swanwick C.  (2018) Routledge Handbook of Landscape Character Assessment. Current Approaches to Characterisation and 

Sarlöv Herlin*, I. (2018). Conference presentation at PECSRL, Mende, France, Intangible benefits from grazing farm animals to landscape and quality of life.

Butler, A., Sarlöv-Herlin, I., Knez, I., Ångman, E., Sang, Å. & Åkerskog, A. (2017) Landscape identity, before and after a forest fire. Landscape Research.

Sarlöv Herlin*, I.  (2016). Conference presentations at PECSRL, Innsbruck and Seefeld; Austria; . 1) Deboning the relations between food and landscape and what this mean for a sustainable landscape management.     

Roe, M., Sarlov-Herlin, I., & Speak, S. (2016). Identity, food and landscape character in the urban context. Landscape Research, Vol, 41.No 7,757-772.

Sarlöv Herlin, I. (2016) Exploring the national contexts and cultural ideas that preceded the Landscape Character Assessment method in England. Landscape Research, Vol. 41, No 2, 175-185.

Sarlöv Herlin, I., and Stiles, R. (2015). The European Landscape Convention in landscape architecture education. In Mainstreaming Landscape Through the European Landscape Convention.  Concept, Policy and Practice, by Jorgensen, K., Clemetsen, M., Halvorsen Thoren, A-K., Richardson, T. (Edts.) Routledge. pp.175-186.

 Chang, C., Annerstedt, M. and Sarlöv Herlin, I. (2015) A Narrative Review of Ecomuseum Literature: Suggesting a Thematic Classification and Identifying Sustainability as a Core Element. The Inclusive Museum.

Sarlöv Herlin, I., and Herlin, C. (2015). The taste of wilderness. Connecting to landscape trough foraging and consuming wild food.  Landscape Wilderness and the Wild. Newcastle University. 26-28 march 2015. p.276-279. (Peer reviewed conference proceeding)

Roe, M., Sarlöv Herlin, I. and Speak, S. (2014). Cultivating food (and building new cultures) in urban/urban fringe landscapes. Proceedings of the ECLAS conference in Porto, September 2014. Pp.

Chang, C., Annerstedt, M., Jakobsson, A., Lieberg, M. & Sarlöv-Herlin, I. (2012). Looking at ecomuseums through 'landscape lenses'. Examples from Suoga and Zhenshan, China. In S. Lira, R. Amodeda, C. Pinheiro, P. Davis, M. Stefano & G. Corsane (Eds.), Ecomuseums 2012. (pp. 39-48). Barcelos, Portugal: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development. ISBN 978-989-98013-1-8

Sarlöv-Herlin, I.,(2012) Landscape for multiple use. Challenges and possibilities for the landscape, in the context of new energy and climate changes Landskap i kommuneplanering. Det nya energylandskapet. TemaNord 2013:510, Nordiska Ministerrrådet. 69-61.

Sarlöv-Herlin, I (2012) Training of Landscape Architects, Council of Europe. In “Landscape facets. Reflections and proposals for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention”, Council of Europe Publishing, Strasbourg, pp. 269-287.

Sarlöv Herlin, I. 2012. Landskap för mångbruk. Erfarenheter från England. (Multifunctional landscapes, examples from England) Formas Publisher. Book in Swedish ; 272 pages. Single author.

Bell,S., Sarlov Herlin, I., Stiles, R. (editors) (2011) Exploring the Boundaries of Landscape Architecture. Edited book. Routledge, London, 328 pp.

Bell,S., Sarlov Herlin, I., Stiles R., (2011) Landscape architecture in a changing world. In Bell, S., Sarlov Herlin, I., Stiles, R. (editors) Exploring the Boundaries of Landscape Architecture. Pp.1-15.

Owen, S and Sarlov-Herlin I (2009) A sustainable development framework for a landscape of dispersed historic settlement. Landscape research volume 34, Number 1, pp 33-54.

 Michael Jones, Peter Howard, Kenneth R. Olwig, Jørgen Primdahl & Ingrid Sarlöv Herlin. (2007). Multiple interfaces of the European Landscape Convention. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography vol. 61, no. 4 (December), pp. 207-215.

Sarlöv-Herlin, I., and Tellström, R. (2008). Landsbygden, landskapet och den lokala matproduktionen. In Swedish.  (The countryside, the landscape and the local food production). In ; Skall hela Sverige leva. Redaktör Birgitta Johansson. FORMAS FÖRLAG. Pp.209-309.

Sarlöv-Herlin, Ingrid. (2007)  Landscape architecture, sustainability and methods for environmental impact assessment, what is the status of educational provision in Europe? In: Landscape assessment from theory to practice, applications in planning and design. Proceedings from 18th International Annual ECLAS conference, Belgrade 2007.

 Fairclough, G. &  Sarlov-Herlin, I, (2005). The meaning of ‘countryside’: what are we trying to sustain? In; McCollin, D & Jackson J.I (eds).Planning, People and Practice. The landscape ecology of sustainable landscapes. Proceedings of the 13th Annual IALE (UK) conference held at The University of Northampton, 2005. pp 11-19.

Powell, J & Sarlov-Herlin, I, (2006) Wild land for Scotland. Exploring the issues in the light of UK and Scandinavian experience. Wagnis Wildnins. Wildnisentwicklung und Wildnisbildung in MittelEuropa. Oekum verlag. München. Pp. 117-128.

 Sarlöv-Herlin, I. (2004). New challenges in spatial planning, landscapes. Landscape research, Volume 29, No 4, pp. 399-411

Sarlöv Herlin, I.L. (2001). Approaches to forest edges as dynamic structures and functional concepts. Landscape Research, 26, no. 1, pp. 27-43

Sarlöv Herlin, I.L. and Fry, G.L.A. (2000). Dispersal of woody plants in forest edges and hedgerows in a Southern Swedish agricultural area: the role of site and landscape structure. Landscape Ecology 15 (3): pp. 229-242

Fry, G. and Sarlöv-Herlin, I. (1997). The ecological and amenity functions of woodland edges in the agricultural landscapes; a basis for design and management. Landscape and Urban Planning 7: pp. 45-55.

Sarlöv Herlin, I. (1999) Edge Habitats in Agricultural Landscapes. Woody species, landscape ecology and implications for planning. Doctoral thesis. Agraria 202, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp.



Professor at the Institutionen för landskapsarkitektur, planering och förvaltning
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Visiting address: Slottsvägen 5, Alnarp, Alnarp