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Märit Jansson

Märit Jansson
I work with research, teaching and information/extension about landscape management and planning for people and their well-being. It concerns providing for children's play and participation and for all user groups to - through accessibility, safety and participation - enjoy green spaces in built environments.


I work as a senior lecturer in landscape planning with focus on the use and management of urban landscapes. After my master in landscape architecture in 2004, I continued within research about playgrounds and defended the doctoral thesis Management and Use of Public Outdoor Playgrounds in 2009. Thereafter I have been engaged in teaching, research and leadership, mainly at SLU and the LTV-faculty. I am Associate Professor in landscape planning since 2016.

My main interest and research areas concern the management and functions of urban open spaces with focus on social aspects for a sustainable urban development. This has so far included studying children’s outdoor environments (playgrounds, school grounds, neighbourhoods), children’s and other users’ perspectives on outdoor areas and their management and planning, the benefits of urban open space and perceived safety by vegetation.

Theme group leader from 2020 (during 2014 theme group leader, during 2015-2019 deputy theme group leader) for Landscape Governance and Management.

During 2020 and 2021 having the special assignment to act as samverkanslektor, within collaboration and extention activites with society.

Elected member of the LTV faculty board in 2013-2015, 2016-2018 and 2019-2021.


I teach in a large number of courses, particularly in parts dealing with children’s environments and qualitative research methods. I supervise bachelor and master theses within several educational programs.

During 2010-2014 I was course leader (for the courses Challenges of the City (Stadens utmaningar) at the master program Sustainable urban development (Hållbar stadsutveckling) and for bachelor projects in Garden Design and Landscape Construction and Management).


I lead and participate in both large and smaller research projects on child-friendly management and planning, the welfare landscape and sustainable greening of school grounds, mainly financied by Formas. I have previously studied perceived personal safety in residential areas with vegetation, Swedish playgrounds in history and today, children’s perspectives on school ground greening, and the value of urban open space.


During 2020 and 2021 I have part of my time allocated for cooperation with society. Thereby, I have the possibility of functioning as contact person and support for cooperation, for example between SLU and societal actors. Much of my work is also performed in collaboration with society, with local governments, schools, organisations, national boards, housing companies, consultant agencies etc. - within research project or in spreading results. I am often engaged as lecturer about the development and management of child-friendly environments, school grounds, playgrounds, the values of urban open space etc.

See also profile on ResearchGate and LinkedIn

Selected publications

(selected, for a more complete list with links, see further below)

Books and reports:

Jansson, M., Schneider, J., Mårtensson, F., Kylin, M. & Fridell, L. (2021). Rum för skolans utemiljö - fördjupad analys krin gyta för förskolegård och skolgård. LTV

Jansson, M. & Randrup, T.B. (red.) (2020). Urban open space governance and management. Routledge.

Jansson, M., Vicenzotti, V. & Diedrich, L. (2019). Landscape design based on research: A methodological guide to design-oriented projects for students and teachers in landscape architecture. LTV Reportseries 2019:10. 

Jansson, M. & Klintborg Ahlklo, Å. (red.) (2016). Plats för lek: svenska lekplatser förr och nu. Svensk Byggtjänst.

Jansson, M., Persson, A. & Östman, L. (2013). Hela staden – argument för en grönblå stadsbyggnad. Stad & Land 183. Movium, SLU.

Jansson, M., Bolin, M., Urde, I., Larsson Lindersköld, S., Enquist, K., Fehler, J., Laurin, N., Österberg, T., Karlsson, I., Sjöblom, J., Lemberg, J. & Gren, S. (2013). Hållbara städer – tankar från kursen Stadens utmaningar. SLU, Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science, report 2013:11.

Jansson, M., Fors, H., Kristensson, E., Gunnarsson, A., Lindgren, T., Wiström, B. & Norlin, M. (2012). Trygghet i bostadsområdets gröna utemiljöer. SLU, Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science.

Gunnarsson, A., Jansson, M., Fors, H. & Kristensson, E. (2012). Vegetationsstyrning för ökad trygghet. SLU, Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science, report 2012.

Jansson, M. (2009). Management and use of public outdoor playgrounds. Doctoral dissertation. Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae, nr 2009:46.

Jansson, M. (2008). Kommunala lekplatser i tider av förändring. Report. SLU, Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science, vol 2008:9.

Scientific papers published in journals with peer-review:

Wales, M., Mårtensson, F. & Jansson, M. (2021). ‘You can be outside a lot': independent mobility and agency among children in a suburban community in SwedenChildren's Geographies 

Klobucar, B., Östberg, J., Wiström, B., Jansson, M.. (2021). Residential urban trees – socio-ecological factors affecting tree and shrub abundance in the city of Malmö, Sweden. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 62, 127118

Sundevall, E.P. & Jansson, M. (2020). Inclusive parks across ages: Multifunction and urban open space management for children, adolescents, and the elderly. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(24), pp. 1–17, 9357.

Jansson, M., Vogel, N., Fors, H. & Randrup, T. (2019). The governance of landscape management: new approaches to urban open space developmentLandscape Research 

Fors, H., Jansson, M., Nielsen, A.B. (2018). The impact of resident participation on urban woodland quality-a case study of Sletten, DenmarkForests 9(11), 670. 

Jansson, M., Abdulah, M. & Eriksson, A. (2018). Secondary school students’ perspectives and use of three school grounds of varying size, content and design. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 30, 115-123. 

Jansson, M., Mårtensson, F. & Gunnarsson, A. (2018). The meaning of participation in school ground greening: a study from project to everyday setting. Landscape Research 

Patching, G., Rahm, J., Jansson, M., & Johansson, M. (2017). A New Method of Random Environmental Walking for Assessing Behavioral Preferences for Different Lighting Applications. Frontiers in Psychology 

Jansson, M., Sundevall, E. & Wales, M. (2016). The role of green spaces and their management in a child-friendly urban village. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 18, 228-36.

Morgenroth, J., Östberg, J., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C., Nielsen, A.B., Hauer, R., Sjöman, H., Chen, W. & Jansson, M. (2016). Urban tree diversity – Taking stock and looking ahead. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 15(1), 1-5.

Jansson, M. (2015). Children’s perspectives on playground use as basis for children’s participation in local play space management. Local Environment 20(2), 165-179.

Jansson, M. (2014). Green space in compact cities: the value of urban ecosystem services in planning. Nordic Journal of Architectural Research 2014(2), 139-160.

Jansson, M., Gunnarsson, A., Mårtensson, F. & Andersson, S. (2014). Children’s perspectives on vegetation establishment – implications for school ground greening. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 13(1), 166-174.

Mårtensson, F., Jansson, M., Johansson, M., Raustorp, A., Kylin, M., Boldemann, C. (2014). The role of greenery for physical activity play at school grounds. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 13(1), 103-113.

Jansson, M., Fors, H., Lindgren, T. & Wiström, B. (2013). Perceived safety in relation to urban woodland vegetation – a review. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 12(2), 127–133.

Jansson, M. & Lindgren, T. (2012). A review of the concept ‘management’ in relation to urban landscapes and green spaces: Toward a holistic understanding. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 11(2), 139-145.

Jansson, M. & Ramberg, U. (2012). Implementation and effects of user participation in playground management: a comparative study of two Swedish municipalities. Managing Leisure 17(1), 1-13.

Jansson, M. (2010). Attractive playgrounds: Some factors affecting user interest and visiting patterns. Landscape Research 35(1) 63-81.

Jansson, M. & Persson, B. (2010). Playground planning and management: An evaluation of standard-influenced provision through user needs. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 9(1), 33-42.

Jansson, M. (2008). Children’s Perspectives on Public Playgrounds in two Swedish Communities. Children, Youth and Environments 18(2), 88-109.

Multiple conference abstracts, debate articles and popular science publications.


Senior Lecturer at the Institutionen för landskapsarkitektur, planering och förvaltning
Telephone: +4640415135
Postal address:
Box 190
234 22 Lomma
Visiting address: Slottsvägen 5, Alnarp, Alnarp

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