Helena Nordh

Helena Nordh
I am a professor in Landscape Architectur, leading the Design Theory Group at the department. My research concerns the various scales of urban green spaces. I explore how different groups experience and use the green urban landscape, often designed by landscape architects. I am interested in questions about the qualities and functions of green spaces. One green space that I am particularly interested in is cemeteries and how they can be developed to meet changing burial practices, urbanisation and multicultural societies. Contributing to supportive and health-promoting outdoor environments for city residents is a driving force in my research.


Ongoing research projects:

Härifrån till evigheten - en studie om hur evig gravfrid tolkas i praktiken 


Publikationer i urval

Below the 20 most recent journal articles:

1.     Sunding, A., Randrup, T.B., Nordh, H., Ode Sang, Å., Nilsson, K. (2024). Descriptions of the relationship between human health and green infrastructure in six Nordic comprehensive plans, Cities, Volume 146, 104746, ISSN 0264-2751,

2.     Aamodt, G., H. Nordh, and E.C.A. Nordbø. 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.

3.     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)

4.     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.  

5.     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. 

6.     Nordh, H., & Evensen, K. H. (2022). Landscape Architecture Design and Well-Being –Research Challenges and Opportunities. Sustainability, 14(8), 4522.

7.     Grabalov, P., & Nordh, H. (2021). The Future of Urban Cemeteries as Public Spaces: Insights from Oslo and Copenhagen. Planning Theory & Practice, 1-18.

8.     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.  

9.     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;

10.  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. 60.

11.  Nordh, H. & A., Stahl Olafsson. (2021). Plans for urban green infrastructure in Scandinavia. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 64 (5), 883-904. 

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

13.  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.

14.  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. 

15.  Nordbø, E.C.A., Raanaas, R.K., Nordh, H., Aamodt, G. (2019) Neighborhood Green Spaces, Facilities and Population Density as Predictors of Activity Participation among 8-Year-Olds: A Cross-Sectional GIS Study Based on the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. BMC Public Health. 19, 1426 (2019)

16.   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.

17.   Nordh, H., Swensen, G. (2018) Introduction to the special feature “The role of cemeteries as green urban spaces”. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. Volume 33, 56-57.

18.  Skår, M., Nordh, H., Swensen, G. (2018) Green urban cemeteries: More than just parks. Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability.  362-382. 

19.  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.

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


Professor vid Institutionen för stad och land; Landskapsarkitektur Designteori
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