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Gertrud Lynge Esbensen

Educational Anthropologist, PhD, Postdoc

Gertrud Lynge Esbensen
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Currently I am working on two projects; The Danish project 'Natural Technology' and the International project 'REGREEN'.


In 'Natural Technology' I am working with my colleague Senior Doctorate & Associate Professor Theresa Schilhab. We investigate how technology, games and social media impact on children and youths’ perceptions of the natural world.

Through anthropological and cognitive studies, we document how children and youths use technology in their outdoor activities as well as how adults working with children and youths introduce  technologies in outdoor activities. We will document how often and how long children are outside, which activities they engage in, their perceptions of nature, their motivation and preferences, and we will identify how technology can be used to encourage more children and youths to get outside and enjoy nature.

The overall goal is to motivate more children and youths to get more into nature.

 The project is affiliated with a new Danish Center for Children and Nature and it is supported by the Nordea-Fonden with DDK 6.4 mill. Natural Technology runs from 2018 to 2022.


REGREEN is a large international EU project designed to promote urban livability by fostering nature-based solutions to urban environmental challenges in both Europe and China. It aims to accelerate the transition towards equitable, green and healthy cities through the development of evidence-based mapping, modelling and valuating tools, improved urban governance and educational programs (https://www.regreen-project.eu/). 


I am participating in Work Package 5: Education, Participation and Awareness. Coordinated by Associate professor, Sally Anderson (DPU).

We develop educational programmes and tools for bringing knowledge, awareness and a sense of individual and collective agency to children, the future creators and custodians of viable Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). In collaboration with schools and municipalities, and drawing on state of the art citizen science programmes, participatory pedagogy, technology for environmental learning, and landscape laboratories, we create innovative, realistic, cost- and learning effective approaches to fostering children’s appreciation, understanding and involvement in local NBS.


This research team comprises: 

  • Professor Emeritus Jeppe Læssøe (DPU/AU& Jeplae consulting) 
  • Senior researchers Åsa Sang, Fredrika Mårtensson, Marcus Hedblom and Björn Wiström (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU) 
  • Directeurrice de recherche Anne-Caroline Prevot,  Postdoc Mara Sierra-Jimenez, Simon Bénateau, Sebastian Turpín  (Centre d'Écologie et des Sciences de la Conservation, MNHN, Paris.) 
  • Bin Zhao, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Researchers collaborate with city officials in Velica Gorica (Croatia), Aarhus kommune (Denmark), and Paris Region (Écologue chez IAU île-de-France), as well as with green business partners in Denmark (INTUGREEN), Germany (Olanis) and Croatia (ZEZ).

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