Version 3.2_September 2016

Speaker: Harpa Stefansdottir


Dr. Harpa Stefansdottir is Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
Research Field: Urban planning and urban design, Aesthetic experience, Activity participation, Travel Behavior, Bicycling, Lifestyle issues, Urban sustainability.

Dr. Harpa Stefansdottir completet or Master in Architecture from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) in 1993 and has 15 years of experience from architectural practice in Iceland. She finished her PhD in Urban planning from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in 2014. She has since 2014 been Postdoctoral researcher at NMBU and also a guest researcher at the University of Iceland since autumn 2015. Her research focus related to her PhD thesis was commuting cycling and aesthetic experiences in urban spaces (see list of publications The study introduced in the abstract is a part of a larger project called RESACTRA (RESidential location, ACTivity participation and TRAvel behaviour) conducted by a research team at the Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial planning (ILP) Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Harpa is a member of the research team on the Norwegian RESACTRA project and also the research group on sustainable urban development at ILP. The overall aim of RESACTRA is to investigate how the location and neighborhood characteristics of dwellings in urban/metropolitan areas influence residents' travel behavior and related greenhouse gas emissions, level of physical activity and health. Harpa is also working on another research project at ILP called SPAVACC (Spatial planning, vacation homes and climate change). This project involves the construction and use of vacation homes and how this is associated with building energy use, greenhouse gas emissions from travel and land use impacts. The project will illuminate how spatial planning and related policy measures can support a "climate friendly" development of vacation homes.