Andreas Hansen

Universitetslektor, biträdande

Avdelningen för
Viktoriagatan 13
41125 Göteborg
Box 625
40530 Göteborg

Om Andreas Hansen

Academic profile

PhD, Human Geography, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2017)

M.A. History/Geography, Roskilde University, Denmark (2010)


Main research areas and interests include

a) Outdoor recreation monitoring, planning and management

b) Nature-, knowledge-, and science tourism

c) Physical planning, MSP and ICZM

d) Human-nature relations and interaction

e) Environmental psychology

f) Landscape research

My research interests include outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism in relation to natural resource planning and management, why my research often has a distinct applied research character. Important themes include visitor monitoring and management, and the important role and relevance of social science within area planning and management. Interests also include work on physical planning, mostly regional planning and comprehensive planning, as well as various urban and rural planning themes, such as coastal and marine spatial planning, green-blue planning and destination development. I study both urban contexts and peripheral areas and islands.

Methodologically, I place myself mainly within the qualitative research tradition, although I have experience with quantitative methodology and GIS. I am a dedicated field worker who promotes the use of fieldwork, both in my research and in my teaching, where I often argue for the use of mixed-method strategies and discuss pros and cons in relation to this.

Theoretically, I am interested in the concepts of outdoor recreation and tourism, and how they are understood and have developed in different parts of the world. I also work with landscape theory with an emphasis on different landscape perceptions and experiences, uses and understandings. The concepts of nature and place, including human-nature relations and interactions, are particular theoretical interests of mine. Finally, I work a lot with applied theory as well as different planning and management frameworks, such as Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC), the Recreative Opportunity Spectrum (ROS), Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). My work often links to adaptive planning and management as well as sustainable development and Agenda 2030.

In my research, I aim to do and contribute with inter-, multi-, and trans-disciplinary activities and experiences, mostly in relation to my collaborations with researchers within the marine -, social-, and environmental sciences.

Most of my research is based around the Swedish west coast, but I have experience from other parts of Sweden as well as Norway, Denmark, England, Finland, New Zealand, Germany, the US and Canada.

Academic/professional groups/networks

Research advisor for the Swedish agency for Marine and Water Management

Research advisor for the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment

Research representative in the regional council for outdoor recreation in Västra Götaland

Research advisor for the Maritime Cluster of West Sweden

Committee member of The International Coastal and Marine Tourism Society (ICMTS)

Member of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre

Member of the Center for Sea and Society, University of Gothenburg

Member of the Center for Tourism, University of Gothenburg

Member of the Maritime Spatial Planning for professionals, Baltic Region

Member of the MSP Research Network (MSPRN) - online group, EU based

Member of the Landscape and Planning research group, University of Gothenburg

Member of the Centre for Nature- and National Park Studies (CNNF), Roskilde University

På andra webbplatser


  • Outdoor recreation and tourism studies, Physical planning, Coastal-marine spatial planning, Natural resource management, Human-nature interactions, Marine studies, Climate change, Coastal communities, Landscape research

Pågående forskning


  • Kulturgeografi, Friluftsliv och turism, Fysisk planering och förvaltning, Marina studier, Regional utveckling, Hållbar utveckling