Dr Flurina Wartmann

Dr Flurina Wartmann
Dr Flurina Wartmann

Dr Flurina Wartmann



Department of Geography & Environment
School of Geosciences
St Mary's (Room 110)
Elphinstone Road
Aberdeen AB24 3UF


  • 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 SNSF.
  • 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.
  • 2012 -2016: PhD in Geography at the University of Zurich. Title: From Space to Place in the Bolivian Amazon – Representing Landscape Perceptions with Ethnographic and GIS Approaches.
  • 2009-2012 Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Development and Cooperation at nadel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2009-2012 Programme Coordination at the NGO Biovision Foundation: coordination and monitoring of sustainable development projects in East Africa
  • 2009 Master in Geographic Information Science at the University of Zurich, Switzerland

Latest Publications

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Research Overview

Outdoor landscapeBroadly, my research interests revolve around the relationship between society and nature, including nature conservation, protected area management, landscape assessment, cultural landscape values, landscape restoration and rewilding.

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


Illustration of tranquillity articleRecently, I have also worked on developing interdisciplinary approaches for mapping tranquillity. This research was recently featured in the Geovisualisation blog by the Royal Geographical Society

Research Areas

Geography and Environment


Research Specialisms

  • Environmental Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Landscape Studies
  • Land Management

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


My current supervision areas are: Geography and Environment.

I am interested to supervise students pursuing dissertations on a range of topics, including, but not limited to: cultural landscape values, integrated landscape assessments, use and perception of urban green spaces, public attitudes on landscape change, rewilding, and conservation.

Currently advertised PhD position:

Quadrat DTP: Stakeholder decision-making in rewilding and restoration initiatives (application closes 1st December 2021).

Previously supervised:

  • Smith, J.A. (2021): The role of green spaces in Aberdeen City during an ongoing pandemic. Dissertation for MA in Geography, University of Aberdeen. Main supervisor.
  • Leafstedt, E. (2021): Identity, Sustainability, and the Growth Machine - Discourse Analysis of Urban redevelopment– A Case Study of the 2015 Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan. Dissertation for MA in Geography, University of Aberdeen. Main supervisor.
  • Arnet, H.T. (2021): Forest boundaries. Where does the forest start and where does it end? A case study on forest policy and forest delineation in the Canton of Aargau, Switzerland. MSc in GIScience, University of Zurich, Co-supervisor.
  • Komossa, F. (2020): Outdoor Recreationists and Where To Find Them: Quantifying Outdoor Recreation Preferences In European Landscapes. PhD Thesis. Environmental Geography, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Co-supervisor.
  • Hartmann, M. (2019): Automated recognition of outdoor recreation activities from social media photographs. MSc environmental and forest management, MSc Forest management ETH Zurich and WSL. Main supervisor.
  • Henzi, M. (2017): Mapping and GIS analysis of Seri place names along the Sonora coast in Mexico. MSc in GIScience, University of Zurich. Main supervisor.
  • Bär, M. (2017): Real-time Multiplayer Online Location-based Game for Geographic Information Mining. MSc in GIScience, University of Zurich. Co-supervisor.
  • Huldi, R. (2015): Automatically Extracting Landscape Descriptions from Trip Reports. Introducing a Method based on Sentiment Analysis and Valency Grammar. MSc in GIScience, University of Zurich. Co-supervisor.

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