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Hedblom, M., Hedenås, H., Blicharska, M., Adler, S., Knez, I., Mikusiński, G., . . . Wardle, D. A. (2019). Landscape perception: linking physical monitoring data to perceived landscape properties. Landscape research
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2019 (English)In: Landscape research, ISSN 0142-6397, E-ISSN 1469-9710Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Changes in the landscape affect not only people’s well-being but also how people perceive and use the landscape. An increasing number of policies have highlighted the importance of conserving a landscape’s recreational and aesthetical values. This study develops and evaluates a model that links people’s perceptions of a mountain landscape to physical monitoring data. Using a questionnaire, we revealed how respondents working with the Swedish mountains characterise the Magnificent Mountain landscape (as defined by Swedish policy objectives) and translated these characteristics into data from the National Inventory of Landscapes in Sweden (NILS). We found 14 potential indicators that could be derived from the existing NILS physical monitoring data and which could be used to monitor changes in the landscape values as perceived by people. Based on the results, we suggest how to simultaneously utilise field sampling of physical data and field photos to provide temporal information about landscape perception.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Keywords
Landscape preference, mountain landscapes, National Inventory of Landscapes in Sweden, place attachment, space
National Category
Physical Geography Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30528 (URN)10.1080/01426397.2019.1611751 (DOI)000469679700001 ()2-s2.0-85066913378 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, NV-06586-13
Available from: 2019-08-20 Created: 2019-08-20 Last updated: 2019-08-22Bibliographically approved
Knez, I., Hjärpe, D. & Bryngelsson, M. (2019). Predicting Organizational Citizenship Behavior: The Role of Work-Related Self. SAGE Open, 9(2)
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2019 (English)In: SAGE Open, ISSN 2158-2440, E-ISSN 2158-2440, Vol. 9, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim was to investigate the links between work-related identification, conceptualized, and operationalized as the work-related self (WS), and the “good soldier syndrome” (organizational citizenship behavior [OCB]). More precisely, we investigated the relationships between emotional and cognitive components of WS and OCB dimensions of altruism, conscientiousness, courtesy, civic virtue, and sportsmanship. A total of 147 subjects working within the Swedish public sector participated in this study. As hypothesized, WS significantly predicted OCB. A positive association was found between the emotional component of WS and OCB dimensions of altruism, conscientiousness, and civic virtue. This suggests that the “good soldier syndrome” might be, to some extent, accounted for by the psychological mechanisms of work bonding, especially, highlighting the importance of the emotional component of work-related identification. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
altruism, civic virtue, conscientiousness, courtesy, organizational citizenship behavior, sportsmanship, work-related identity, work-related self
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30530 (URN)10.1177/2158244019854834 (DOI)000470269100001 ()2-s2.0-85066925657 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-08-20 Created: 2019-08-20 Last updated: 2019-08-20Bibliographically approved
Hedblom, M., Gunnarsson, B., Schaefer, M., Knez, I., Thorsson, P. & Lundström, J. N. (2019). Sounds of Nature in the City: No Evidence of Bird Song Improving Stress Recovery. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(8), Article ID 1390.
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2019 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 16, no 8, article id 1390Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Noise from city traffic is one of the most significant environmental stressors. Natural soundscapes, such as bird songs, have been suggested to potentially mitigate or mask noise. All previous studies on masking noise use self-evaluation data rather than physiological data. In this study, while respondents (n = 117) watched a 360 degrees virtual reality (VR) photograph of a park, they were exposed to different soundscapes and mild electrical shocks. The soundscapesbird song, bird song and traffic noise, and traffic noisewere played during a 10 min recovery period while their skin conductance levels were assessed as a measure of arousal/stress. No significant difference in stress recovery was found between the soundscapes although a tendency for less stress in bird song and more stress in traffic noise was noted. All three soundscapes, however, significantly reduced stress. This result could be attributed to the stress-reducing effect of the visual VR environment, to the noise levels being higher than 47 dBA (a level known to make masking ineffective), or to the respondents finding bird songs stressful. Reduction of stress in cities using masking with natural sounds requires further studies with not only larger samples but also sufficient methods to detect potential sex differences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2019
Keywords
stress, experiment, virtual reality, soundscape, bird song, noise
National Category
Ecology Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30509 (URN)10.3390/ijerph16081390 (DOI)000467747100083 ()30999690 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85065046829 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 942-2015-610Swedish Research Council, 2014-01346Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, 2018.0152
Available from: 2019-08-16 Created: 2019-08-16 Last updated: 2019-08-16Bibliographically approved
Andersson-Sköld, Y., Klingberg, J., Gunnarsson, B., Cullinane, K., Gustafsson, I., Hedblom, M., . . . Thorsson, S. (2018). A framework for assessing urban greenery's effects and valuing its ecosystem services. Journal of Environmental Management, 205, 274-285, Article ID S0301-4797(17)30940-4.
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2018 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Management, ISSN 0301-4797, E-ISSN 1095-8630, Vol. 205, p. 274-285, article id S0301-4797(17)30940-4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ongoing urban exploitation is increasing pressure to transform urban green spaces, while there is increasing awareness that greenery provides a range of important benefits to city residents. In efforts to help resolve associated problems we have developed a framework for integrated assessments of ecosystem service (ES) benefits and values provided by urban greenery, based on the ecosystem service cascade model. The aim is to provide a method for assessing the contribution to, and valuing, multiple ES provided by urban greenery that can be readily applied in routine planning processes. The framework is unique as it recognizes that an urban greenery comprises several components and functions that can contribute to multiple ecosystem services in one or more ways via different functional traits (e.g. foliage characteristics) for which readily measured indicators have been identified. The framework consists of five steps including compilation of an inventory of indicator; application of effectivity factors to rate indicators' effectiveness; estimation of effects; estimation of benefits for each ES; estimation of the total ES value of the ecosystem. The framework was applied to assess ecosystem services provided by trees, shrubs, herbs, birds, and bees, in green areas spanning an urban gradient in Gothenburg, Sweden. Estimates of perceived values of ecosystem services were obtained from interviews with the public and workshop activities with civil servants. The framework is systematic and transparent at all stages and appears to have potential utility in the existing spatial planning processes.

Keywords
Benefits, Case study application, Ecosystem service effects, Ecosystem service valuation, Framework, Urban greenery
National Category
Other Natural Sciences Applied Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-25410 (URN)10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.09.071 (DOI)000415781600027 ()29020655 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85030699219 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2012-3411-22602-60Swedish Transport Administration, 2010/11730Mistra Urban Futures
Available from: 2017-10-16 Created: 2017-10-16 Last updated: 2018-11-26Bibliographically approved
Knez, I., Butler, A., Ode Sang, Å., Ångman, E., Sarlöv-Herlin, I. & Åkerskog, A. (2018). Before and after a natural disaster: disruption in emotion component of place-identity and wellbeing. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 55, 11-17
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2018 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Psychology, ISSN 0272-4944, E-ISSN 1522-9610, Vol. 55, p. 11-17Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim was to investigate relationships between emotion and cognition components of place-identity and wellbeing, before and after a natural disaster. A total of 656 respondents, living near the area of the largest forest and landscape fire in modern times in Sweden, participated in this study. Before the disaster, a positive association was found between place-identity and wellbeing, indicating that the stronger emotions participants evolved to the place, as well as remembered more and thought about the place, the stronger wellbeing they experienced at the site. After the disaster, the strength of this relationship decreased more than twice, accounted for by the weakening of the emotion-wellbeing link. Accordingly, participants almost lost their emotional bond to the area but maintained their memories and thoughts about the site intact and, by that, their positive wellbeing associations with the location. This indicates tentatively the phenomenon of post-traumatic growth, type of resilience involving operations of cognitive appraisal. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Academic Press, 2018
Keywords
Cognition, Emotion, Natural disaster, Place-identity, Posttraumatic growth, Wellbeing
National Category
Applied Psychology Agricultural Science, Forestry and Fisheries
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-25784 (URN)10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.11.002 (DOI)000428489200002 ()2-s2.0-85035769339 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2018-04-16Bibliographically approved
Fredholm, S., Eliasson, I. & Knez, I. (2018). Conservation of historical landscapes: What signifies ‘successful’ management?. Landscape research, 43(5), 735-748
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2018 (English)In: Landscape research, ISSN 0142-6397, E-ISSN 1469-9710, Vol. 43, no 5, p. 735-748Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on the management of an industrial heritage site in Sweden, which local stakeholders and heritage planners have claimed to be successful. This status of excellence is investigated in relation to the general, county-wide applied heritage planning. The results show that key factors for successful management of the industrial heritage site are not related only to conservation work, but also to personal engagement, sense of responsibility, and well-being among participants. However, heritage planners generally lack methods to address immaterial values and socio-economic benefits of engaging in heritage activities, resulting in a separation between physical and communal aspects of heritage planning. The results highlight the issue of professional legitimacy and the challenges for heritage planners to address regional policy objectives, such as finding ways to utilise historic landscapes in destination-driven strategies and to simultaneously support civil engagement in heritage-related issues. © 2017 Landscape Research Group Ltd

Keywords
bottom-up engagement, Heritage conservation, historical landscapes
National Category
Other Social Sciences Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-24869 (URN)10.1080/01426397.2017.1335864 (DOI)000432212800012 ()2-s2.0-85023740546 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish National Heritage BoardSwedish Environmental Protection Agency, 3.2.2-3404-2012
Note

Funding agencies:

- County administrative board of Jamtland- University of Gothenburg- University of Gävle

Available from: 2017-08-17 Created: 2017-08-17 Last updated: 2018-06-05Bibliographically approved
Eliasson, I., Knez, I. & Fredholm, S. (2018). Heritage Planning in Practice and the Role of Cultural Ecosystem Services. Heritage & Society, 11(1), 44-69
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Heritage Planning in Practice and the Role of Cultural Ecosystem Services
2018 (English)In: Heritage & Society, ISSN 2159-032X, E-ISSN 2159-0338, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 44-69Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the role of cultural ecosystem services in heritage planning by examining daily working processes at the municipal and county planning levels. The focus was on the cultural ecosystem service dimensions of cultural heritage, place identity, and aesthetic and existential values. Cultural ecosystem service dimensions are currently inadequately represented in research and application of the ecosystem service concept. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with public officials with formal assignments directly related to heritage planning. The results show that cultural ecosystem services are indeed considered in the planning processes, even though the respondents did not actually use the ecosystem service approach. Despite institutional and methodological constraints, respondents were found to aim for a broad planning approach involving dimensions of the landscape such as historic time depth, human use of the landscape, place identity, landscape views, and a strong integration between culture and nature. Thus, the results indicate a potential for integration of cultural ecosystem service dimensions into the ecosystem service approach by utilizing existing knowledge and practices within heritage planning at the local and regional levels. © 2019, © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor and Francis Ltd., 2018
Keywords
aesthetic and existential values, Cultural heritage, cultural landscape, ecosystem services, heritage planning, integrated planning, place identity
National Category
Other Social Sciences Other Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30476 (URN)10.1080/2159032X.2019.1576428 (DOI)000475927900003 ()2-s2.0-85061444085 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish National Heritage Board, RF 3.2.2-3404-2012
Note

Funding agencies:

- Swedish Environmental Protection Agency within the research initiative A Magnificent Mountain Landscape  

- County Administrative Board of Jamtland  

- University of Gothenburg  

- University of Gavle 

Available from: 2019-08-09 Created: 2019-08-09 Last updated: 2019-08-09Bibliographically approved
Butler, A., Sarlöv-Herlin, I., Knez, I., Ångman, E., Ode Sang, Å. & Åkerskog, A. (2018). Landscape identity, before and after a forest fire. Landscape research, 43(6), 878-889
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2018 (English)In: Landscape research, ISSN 0142-6397, E-ISSN 1469-9710, Vol. 43, no 6, p. 878-889Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Our identity is tied to where we are and how we engage with the landscapes in which we find ourselves. But what happens if the landscape which we use for our everyday life is drastically altered by a catastrophic upheaval, for example, when forest fires ravage the landscape? In this paper, interviews with individuals affected by the largest forest fire in modern Swedish history are used to exemplify our conceptualisation of how landscape identity is impacted by dramatic change. We address the phases of stability, change and progression in relation to the case. Finally, we propose that landscape identity can be utilised as a central concept for engaging with the social aspects of the impact of forest fires.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
forest fire, Landscape identity, post disaster recovery, Sweden
National Category
Forest Science Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-24870 (URN)10.1080/01426397.2017.1344205 (DOI)000435333600009 ()2-s2.0-85023743290 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-08-17 Created: 2017-08-17 Last updated: 2018-07-05Bibliographically approved
Nordhall, O. & Knez, I. (2018). Motivation and Justice at Work: The Role of Emotion and Cognition Components of Personal and Collective Work Identity. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, Article ID 2307.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Motivation and Justice at Work: The Role of Emotion and Cognition Components of Personal and Collective Work Identity
2018 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 8, article id 2307Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate the role of personal and collective work identity (including emotion and cognition components), in predicting work motivation (operationalized as work self-determined motivation) and organizational justice (operationalized as organizational pay justice). Digitized questionnaires were distributed bye-mail to 2905 members, teachers, of a Swedish trade union. A total of 768 individuals answered the questionnaire and by that participated in this study. Personal-compared to collective work identity was shown to positively associate with self-determined motivation accounted for by the emotion component of personal work identity. Collective compared to personal work identity was reported to positively associate with organizational pay justice accounted for by the cognition component of collective work identity. All this suggests that both work-related motivation and organizational justice might be, to some extent, accounted for by the psychological mechanisms of work identity and that, as predicted, different types of work identity, play different significant roles in predicting motivation and justice at work. More precisely, the emotion component of work identity was more pronounced in personal work-bonding relationships, and the cognitive component, of work identity in contrast, was more pronounced in collective work-bonding relationships.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frontiers Media S.A., 2018
Keywords
work identity, personal identity, collective identity, work motivation, organizational justice
National Category
Applied Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-26086 (URN)10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02307 (DOI)000419923000001 ()29379454 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85040868435 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-01-31 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2018-10-15Bibliographically approved
Nordhall, O., Knez, I. & Saboonchi, F. (2018). Predicting general mental health and exhaustion: the role of emotion and cognition components of personal and collective work-identity.. Heliyon, 4(8), Article ID e00735.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Predicting general mental health and exhaustion: the role of emotion and cognition components of personal and collective work-identity.
2018 (English)In: Heliyon, ISSN 2405-8440, Vol. 4, no 8, article id e00735Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate relationships between emotion and cognition components of personal and collective work-identity and self-reported general mental health and exhaustion, in Swedish teachers (N = 768). In line with our predictions, we showed that the emotion component of personal work-identity and the cognition component of collective work-identity associated positively with general mental health and negatively with exhaustion. The reverse result was found, however, for the cognition component of personal work-identity and emotion component of collective work-identity. In general, all this indicates that person-work bonding might, to some degree, account for general mental health and exhaustion in employees. In particular, the findings suggest that general mental health and exhaustion may vary symmetrically across the: (1) Type of person-work bonding (personal vs. collective work-identity); and (2) Type of psychological component (emotion vs. cognition) involved in personal- and collective work-identity.

Keywords
Psychology
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-27870 (URN)10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00735 (DOI)000443512800040 ()30140768 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85051641370 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-09-06 Created: 2018-09-06 Last updated: 2018-12-04Bibliographically approved
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