Helena Nordh

Helena Nordh
I am a professor in Landscape Architectur, leading the Design Theory Group at the department. My areas of expertise cover landscape architecture design theory from a broad perspective and includes research on design/planning/management of urban green spaces, people environment interactions, restorative environments, recreation, human health and well-being. In numerous projects, I have explored how the green urban landscape, often designed by landscape architects, is experienced and used by different target groups such as children, people in need of mental restoration and minorities. I am particularly interested in people’s everyday outdoor environments. This can be environments where people live, environments they are involuntarily exposed to, or places people choose to visit for various reasons such as aesthetics, physical activity and recreation. My research inform decision-making and landscape architecture practice, but it also about landscape architecture practice.


During the years as researcher, I have been partner in several interdisciplinary research projects, which has resulted in numerous scientific publications, of which some are presented below. 


Ongoing research projects:

Publikationer i urval

Aamodt, G., Nordh, H. and Nordbø, E.C.A.  2023. 'Relationships between socio-demographic / socio-economic characteristics and neighborhood green space in four Nordic municipalities – results from NORDGREEN.' Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 82: 127894.

Nordh, H. Wingren, C. (2023) ‘It is the greenness, the nature, it looks as if someone has taken care of the place very well’: Experiences from St Eskil cemetery in Sweden, Approaching Religion. 13(1)

Nordh, H., C. Wingren, T.P. Uteng, and M. Knapskog. (2023). 'Disrespectful or socially acceptable? – A nordic case study of cemeteries as recreational landscapes.' Landscape and Urban Planning, 231.  

Nordh, H. Olafsson, A.S., Kajosaari, A., Præstholm, S., Liu, Y., Rossi, S., Gentin, S. (2022). Similar spaces, different usage – A comparative study on how residents in the capitals of Finland and Denmark use cemeteries as recreational landscapes. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. Vol 73, 127598. 

Nordh, H., House, D., Westendorp, M., Maddrell, A., Wingren, C., Kmec, S., McClymont, K., Jedan, C., Uteng, T.P., Beebeejaun, Y., Venbrux, E. (2021) Rules, norms and practices - A comparative study exploring disposal practices and facilities in Northern Europe. OMEGA- Journal of Death and Dying.  

Evensen, K., Nordh. H., Fyhri, A., Hassan, R. (2021) Testing the effect of hedge height on perceived safety – a landscape design intervention. Sustainability. 13(9), 5063;

Evensen, K., Hemsett, G., Nordh. H., (2021) Developing a place-sensitive tool for park-safety management - Experiences from green-space managers and female park users in Oslo. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening (Accepted for publication February 2021).

Nordh, H. & Stahl Olafsson. (2020). Plans for urban green infrastructure in Scandinavia. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management,

Grabalov, P., Nordh, H. (2020)“Philosophical Park”: Cemeteries in the Scandinavian Urban Context. Social Studies. 17. (1)

Nordbø, E. C. A., Raanaas, R. K., Nordh, H., & Aamodt, G. (2020). Disentangling how the built environment relates to children's well-being: Participation in leisure activities as a mediating pathway among 8-year-olds based on the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. Health & Place, 64, 102360. doi:

Nordbø, E., Nordh, H. Raanaas, R.K., Amodt, G. (2019) Promoting activity participation and well-being among children and adolescents: A systematic review of neighborhood built environment determinants. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. doi: 10.11124/JBISRIR-D-19-00051

Nordbø, E., Nordh, H., Raanaas, R.K., Aamodt, G. (2018) GIS-derived measures of the built environment determinants of mental health and activity participation in childhood and adolescence: A systematic review. Landscape and Urban Planning, Volume 177, 19-37.

Nordh, H. & Evensen, K.H. (2018) Qualities and functions ascribed to urban cemeteries across the capital cities of Scandinavia. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, Volume 33, 80-91.

Martens, N., Nordh, H., Gonzales, M. (2018) Visiting the allotment garden – A complete experience. Journal of Housing for the Elderly. 32:2, 121-134.

Rybraten, S., Skår, M., Nordh, H, (2017) The phenomenon of walking: Diverse and dynamic. Landscape research. Volume 44, Issue 1, 62-74.

Nordh, H., Vistad, O-I, Skår, M., Vold, L. Bærum, K.M., (2017) Walking as urban outdoor recreation: public health for everyone. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. Volume 20, 60-66.

Evensen, K. H., Nordh, H., & Skaar, M. (2017). Everyday use of urban cemeteries: A Norwegian case study. Landscape and Urban Planning, Volume 159, 76-84.

Nordh, H. and Asmervik, S. (2016), Universal design as a positive challenge or an undue burden? Kart og plan, Volume 1, 28-38.

Nordh, H., Tuv, K., Koppang, K. (2016).  Norwegian allotment gardens – a study of motives and benefits. Landscape research. Volume 41, Issue 8, 853-868.

Swensen, G., Nordh, H., Brendalsmo, J. (2016) A green space between life and death – a case study of activities in Gamlebyen Cemetery in Oslo, Norway. Norwegian Journal of Geography. Volume 70, Issue 1, 41-53.

Nordh, H., & Østby, K. (2013) Pocket parks for people – A study of park design and use. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 12, Issue 1, 12-17.

Nordh, H., Hagerhall, C.M., Holmqvist, K. (2013) Tracking restorative components - Patterns in eye movements as a consequence of a restorative rating task. Landscape research, Volume 38, Issue 1, 101-116.

Nordh, H., C. Alalouch & Hartig, T. (2011). Assessing restorative components of small urban parks using conjoint methodology. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 10, Issue 2, 95-103.

Nordh, H., Hartig, T., Hagerhall, C. M. & Fry, G. (2009). Components of small urban parks that predict the possibility for restoration. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 8, Issue 4, 225-235.

Nordh, H., Grahn, P. & Währborg, P. (2009). Meaningful activities in the forest, a way back from exhaustion and long-term sick leave. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 8, Issue 3, 207-219.


Professor vid Institutionen för stad och land; Landskapsarkitektur Designteori
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