Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Flurina Wartmann

Research interests:

Broadly, my research interests revolve around the relationship between society and nature, including nature conservation, protected area management, landscape assessment, cultural landscape values (with a specific focus on outdoor recreation, sense of place, place attachment and tranquillity), and public attitudes towards landscape change, including towards landscape restoration and rewilding.

In my research I use qualitative and quantitative approaches and a variety of data sources, including interviews, public surveys, social media photographs, digitised text sources (e.g. hiking blogs) and participatory GIS.

Career history:

Since July 2020: Lecturer in Geography and Environment, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
2018 – 2020 PostDoc at the Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape on further developing the Swiss Landscape Monitoring Programme for the Federal Office of the Environment
2017 -2018 PostDoc at the Institute of Geography, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, UK. Project on mapping tranquillity as a landscape quality in a Scottish national park using interviews and social media data. Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
2016 -2017: PostDoc at the Geography Department, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Project on combining quantitative and qualitative methods for assessing cultural landscape values from bottom-up descriptions. Funded by the cogito foundation.
2016: PhD in Geography at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Title: From Space to Place in the Bolivian Amazon – Representing Landscape Perceptions with Ethnographic and GIS Approaches.

Active research projects:

Extracting cultural landscape values from written contemporary and historical text data sources
Outdoor recreation behaviour in different landscapes

Recent publications:

Wartmann, F. M., Frick, J., Kienast, F., & Hunziker, M. (2021). Factors influencing visual landscape quality perceived by the public. Results from a national survey. Landscape and Urban Planning, 208, 104024.

Wartmann, F. M., Koblet, O., & Purves, R. S. (2021). Assessing experienced tranquillity through natural language processing and landscape ecology measures. Landscape Ecology, 1-19.

van Putten, S., O’Meara, C., Wartmann, F., Yager, J., Villette, J., Mazzuca, C., … & Majid, A. (2020). Conceptualisations of landscape differ across European languages. Plos one, 15(10), e0239858.

Wartmann, F. M., & Mackaness, W. A. (2020). Describing and mapping where people experience tranquillity. An exploration based on interviews and Flickr photographs. Landscape Research, 45(5), 662-681.

Komossa, F., Wartmann, F. M., Kienast, F., & Verburg, P. H. (2020). Comparing outdoor recreation preferences in peri-urban landscapes using different data gathering methods. Landscape and Urban Planning, 199, 103796.

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