• Project time: 1.01.2019 - 31.08.2021.
  • TF519 "Human-nature interactions in the city: establishing an "environmental behavior" research group and network at the University of Tallinn (1.01.2019−31.08.2021)", Helen Sooväli-Sepping, Tallinn University, School of Natural Sciences and Health. See in ETIS.
  • Principal Coordinator: Helen Sooväli-Sepping, Professor of Environmental Management, School of Natural Sciences and Health.

Project team:

The main aim of the project is to enhance transdisciplinary knowledge-exchange by (1) establishing an "environmental behavior" research group, and (2) strengthening a wider national and international research network. Beyond that, the project seeks to apply the gathered knowledge on environmental behavior, research approaches and methods of different disciplines and an experimental model in a pilot study on the case of urban green spaces in Tallinn. The project is financed by Tallinn University Research Fund.



The project is financed by Tallinn University Research Fund.

Latest news

Latest news from research group „Human-nature interactions in the city”


Helen Sooväli-Sepping and Bianka Plüschke-Altof are hosting a panel on “Participation processes in urban and regional planning: Experiences, lessons and challenges in Estonia” at the upcoming Tartu Planners’ Conference taking place on 7-8 Nov, 2019 in Tartu. Listeners are very welcome! For more information, see: http://planeerimiskonverents.ut.ee/ 


There are still a few days to apply for the international and interdisciplinary MA course “Sustainable Cities in the Nordic-Baltic Region”, which takes place on 31st Oct to 3rd Nov 2019 in Tallinn. The course is organized by the members of the research group on “Human-nature relations in an urbanizing world” in collaboration with Helsinki University, Aalto University, Stockholm Resilience Centre and the University of Latvia. For more information, see here: https://www.hanaholmen.fi/en/event/sustainable-cities-in -the-nordic-baltic-region/ 


Joonas Plaan and Bianka Plüschke-Altof are presenting in the panel on “Future jeopardised: socialities and creations of the fear of climate change”, hosted by Aet Annist (University of Tartu) and Bianka Plüschke-Altof (Tallinn University) at the ASA Anthropology Conference in Norwich (UK) on Sept 3-6, 2019. For more information, see here: https://www.theasa.org/conferences/asa19/ 


New ELU project course hosted by Piret Vacht at Tallinn University on the topic of “Marketing Environmental Sciences”. For more information, see: https://elu.tlu.ee/projects/open 


Presentation on the topic "Combating environmental injustices with community gardening?” (Bianka Plüschke-Altof, Anni Müüripeal, Helen Sooväli-Sepping) and session organisation on the topic ”(Not) my green city? Green spaces in times of urbanization” (Helen Sooväli-Sepping, Bianka Plüschke-Altof) at the Nordic Geographers’ Conference ”Sustainable Geography – Geographies of Sustainability”, 16.-19. June 2019 in Trondheim (Norway): Read more: https://www.ntnu.edu/documents/140166/1277962954/Session+programme.pdf/…


The University garden is now opened! Constructed from scratch by TLU students within the ELU project lead by Piret Vacht and Tiiu Koff. Read more:  https://elu.tlu.ee/project/348 and https://www.facebook.com/ulikooliaed/


Opinion article by Joonas Plaan on the topic ”Anname tursale aega kosuda”. Read more: https://www.err.ee/950121/joonas-plaan-anname-tursale-aega-kosuda


Helen Sooväli-Sepping presents at this year's 'Tervisedenduse Konverents' which focuses on the topic "How to create a health-supporting environment?" (4th of June 2019, Kultuurikatel Tallinn). More information: https://tai.ee/et/koolitused-ja-sundmused/event/2172-tervisedenduse-kon…


Members of the research group „Human-nature interactions in the city” participate in the Nordic and Baltic educational programme Nordplus “Sustainable Cities in the Nordic-Baltic Region (2019-20121)” in cooperation with Helsinki University, Aalto University, Stockholm University Stockholm Resilience Centre and the University of Latvia. Read more: https://www.nordplusonline.org/


Presentation on the topic "Biodiversity and recreational values of urban brownfields: the case of Tallinn. Studies from Paevälja wasteland" (Piret Vacht, Tiiu Koff) at the international symposium "Urban wastelands: a form of urban nature?", 21-22. May 2019, Tours (France). Read more: https://urbanwastelands.sciencesconf.org/


Bianka Plüschke-Altof and Anni Müüripeal will present at the next MKK seminar on the topic of “A green paradise in the mid of pre-fabricated houses: The rediscovery of urban gardening in post-socialist Tallinn”. More information: pluescbi@tlu.ee


Helen Sooväli-Sepping was honoured with the Tallinn City award. Read more: https://www.tlu.ee/lti/uudised/helen-soovali-sepping-palvis-tallinna-li…


Discussion on the joint research project on „Estonian small settlements” by Hendrikson & Ko and Tallinn University in Sirp newspaper. Read more: https://sirp.ee/s1-artiklid/arhitektuur/vaikeasulate-elujou-nimel/?fbclid=IwAR34NezUSR7kjxuR8x6CX4cpcP79fjvZ1q9eA5gOQmy5z215gDRJUj3TpSY


CfP “(Not) my green city? Green spaces in times of urbanization” in the journal Social Studies, special number edited by Helen Sooväli-Sepping and Bianka Plüschke-Altof. Read more: https://journals.muni.cz/socialni_studia/announcement/view/114


Interview with Helen Sooväli Sepping on the issue of “Public Space” in the journal of Tartu University. Read more:  https://www.ajakiri.ut.ee/artikkel/3164?fbclid=IwAR2sL9qUAve0H-np99hnAeCptUXsklXD_paACvyMGFalTRsd-oaIn092C74


Small lecture by Kristi Grišakovi and Anni Müüripeal on the issue of “Just Space” at the Estonian Architecture Museum. Read more: https://www.arhitektuurimuuseum.ee/2019/04/67-valkloeng-vordoiguslik-ruum/


CfA “Future jeopardised: Socialities and creations of the fear of climate change” Association of Social Anthropologists’ conference session organized by Aet Annist and Plüschke-Altof. Read more: https://www.theasa.org/conferences/asa19/panels#8023


Creative Mornings with Joonas Plaan, discussing the topic of “People’s everyday interaction with water”. Read more: https://creativemornings.com/talks/joonas-plaan?fbclid=IwAR3xbGUNw3W_Jzq2kZQ-XD_dniNevJ-fD8Hlsq3jIW-Q8fwuQTK_OReiFq4


Tallinn University’s Nature Academy workshop on “Urban Gardening” with Bianka Plüschke-Altof and Helen Sooväli-Sepping. Read more in the journal “Hea Laps”: https://www.healaps.ee/


Tallinn University’s ELU project “University Garden” organized by Tiiu Koff and Piret Vacht. Read more: https://elu.tlu.ee/project/348 ja https://www.facebook.com/ulikooliaed/


CfA “(Not) my green city? Green spaces in times of urbanization” Nordic Geographers’ Conference session organized by Helen Sooväli-Sepping and Bianka Plüschke-Altofi. Read more: https://studntnu-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/marsland_ntnu_no/EQXdN9We2N9Lu41ookpAdtUB0Ubm1VpwqYaB-yZLSHgVFA?rtime=2h1gUu7R1kg 

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