Background and activities

I teach and supervise students in urban geography and landscape studies. My research engages with people-place and people-nature relationships, by empirically exploring various urban neighbourhoods and environments. Much of my research has focused on the Norwegian housing estate as a particular place and planning problem. In my PhD,(monograph,2015) I analysed the gap between the expert’s ideas about what the Norwegian housing estate offers as landscape and home, and the estate as lived by its residents. More recently, I have taken an interest in the role of citizen participation and urban communities in relation to discursive ideas within urban planning and governance, such as area-based approaches to neighbourhood upgrading or ‘smart’ urban development. Current research explores social cohesion as an idea and policy agenda, and the resulting attention being paid to local communities as arenas for inclusion, co-production and participation.


Study programme leader: One-year study programme in Geography, Bachelor in Geography, and Master in Geography


GEOG660: Samfunnsplanlegging og rolleforståing i komplekse plansituasjonar

GEOG2021: By- og regional utvikling og planlegging

GEOG3008: Geografi i praksis - felt og forskningsdesign

GEOG3900: Masteroppgave i geografi

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

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  • Rørtveit, Hilde Nymoen. (2019) Drabantbyen som problem: Områdeløft møter beboere på Saupstad–Kolstad i Trondheim. Bysamfunn.
  • Rørtveit, Hilde Nymoen; Henriksen, Ida Marie; Tjora, Aksel. (2019) Bysamfunnets realiteter og muligheter. Bysamfunn.
  • Setten, Gunhild; Brown, Gry Katrina; Rørtveit, Hilde Nymoen. (2018) Landscape and social justice. The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies.
  • Rørtveit, Hilde Nymoen. (2013) «Genialt planlagt»? Drabantbyen som hjem. Hus, hjem og sted. Geografiske perspektiver på vår samtid.