A comparative study of landscape discourses

of urban sprawl in Sweden and Germany



The research team consists of the Marie-Curie fellow, Vera Vicenzotti, and the so-called scientist in charge,

Mattias Qviström.



Vera Vicenzotti


Vera is Senior Lecturer (Universitetslektor) in Landscape Architecture at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Alnarp.

Vera has studied landscape architecture at the Technische Universität München (Germany) and urban design at the Politectico di Milano (Italy). In 2005, she received her Diplom (equivalent to bachelor and master degree) from the Technische Universität München. In 2010, after a research stay at the University of California in Berkeley (USA), she obtained her doctoral degree from the Technische Universität München. After working as a research and teaching assistant [Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin] at the Department of Landscape Ecology of Technische Universität München, she spent two years at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University with a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Since 2012, she is assistant editor of the journal Landscape Research.

Vera’s research interests are, broadly speaking, landscape architectural theory, history, and methodology. In particular, she is interested in how cultural ideas and ideals of nature, landscape, and city inform the current practice of landscape and urban design and planning. She has explored this connection by analyzing the (German) discourse on the so called Zwischenstadt, i.e. fragmented, hybrid, peri-urban landscapes, and by focusing on the idea of wilderness. Vera is continuously intrigued by the complexity of ‘landscape’, and her recent and current research have allowed her to explore this idea: She has been studying the movement of Landscape Urbanism and in her current research project she is comparing the discourses of urban sprawl in Sweden and Germany.


For more information on the fellow, please visit her personal website.



Mattias Qviström


M Sc in Landscape Architecture (1998), Agr. Dr. in Landscape Architecture (2003), Docent/Associate professor in Landscape Planning (2008), Professor in Landscape Planning, especially Landscape Theory (2013).


Academic interests: methodology and theory within landscape research, rural – urban interfaces, landscape- and planning history (in particular the 20th century), post-industrial nature, transport history and mobility.


For more information about Mattias, please visit his website.



Funded by the European Union

in the Seventh Framework Programme

(Marie Curie Actions)

© Vera Vicenzotti, 2017

Last update: 06 Feb 2017