Leisure uses

Deering, B. 2010

‘From anti-social behaviour to x-rated: exploring social diversity and conflict in the cemetery’, in A. Maddrell, & J. Sidaway (eds) Deathscapes: Spaces for Death, Dying and Remembrance, London: Routledge, 75-94 .

Deering, B. 2014

‘In the dead of night: a nocturnal exploration of heteretopia in the graveyard’, in M. Blanco & R. Vidal (eds) The Power of Death: Contemporary Reflections on Death in Western Society, Berlin: Berghan Books, 183-197.

Długoński, A., Dushkova, D. & Haase, D. 2022

‘Urban cemeteries – places of multiple diversity and challeges. A case study from Łodź (Poland) and Leipzig (Germany)’, Land, 11: 5, 677.

Długozima, A. & Nejman, R. 2022

‘Attractiveness of cemeteries versus socioeconomic and spatial development of non-metropolitan cities in Poland’, Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Administratio Locorum 21:1, 83-104.

Evensen, K., Nordh, H. & Skår, M. 2017

‘Everyday use of urban cemeteries: a Norwegian case study’, Landscape and Urban Planning, 159: 76-84.


Goh, H. & Ching, F. 2020

‘Acceptable use of Chinese cemeteries in Kuala Lumpur as perceived by the city’s residents’, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 55, 126837.


Grabalov, P. 2018

‘Public life among the dead: jogging in Malmö cemeteries’, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 33, 75–79.


Ibraham, P. 2019

‘Integration of Muslim cemetery and recreational areas: analysis of planning guidelines and social aspects’, Asia Proceedings of Social Sciences, 5:1, 50–57.

Klingemann, H. 2022

‘Cemeteries in transformation: a Swiss community conflict study’, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 76, 127729.

Moberg, J. & W. Kardemark 2021

‘“It is, after all, a churchyard”: orthodox and heterodox embodiments at three cemeteries in Gothenburg, Sweden,’ in E. Punzi, C. Singer & C. Wächter (eds) Negotiating Institutional Heritage and Wellbeing, Brill, 21-46.

Neilsen, A. & Groes, L. 2014

‘Ethnography inside the walls: studying the contested space of the cemetery’, Ethnographic Practice in Industry Conference, 108-118.

Nordh, H. & Evensen, K. 2018

‘Qualities and functions ascribed to urban cemeteries across the capital cities of Scandanavia’, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 33: 80-91.


Nordh, H., Evensen, K.H. & Skår, M. 2017

‘A peaceful place in the city – a qualitative study of restorative components of the cemetery’, Landscape and Planning, 80: 108-117.


Nordh, H., Olafsson, A., Kajosaari, A. & 4 others 2022

‘Similar spaces, different usage: a comparative study on how residents in the capitals of Finland and Denmark use cemeteries as recreational landscapes’, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening73, 127598.


Nordh, H., Wingren, C., Uteng, T. & Knapskog M. 2023

Disrespectful or socially acceptable? – A nordic case study of cemeteries as recreational landscapes’, Landscape and Urban Planning, 231, 104645.


Poli, G., Zizzania, P., Vannelli, G., & D’Agostino, A. 2023

‘Exploring transformative potentials of urban cemeteries through an evolutionary evaluation approach: the case study of “Poggioreale” in Naples (Italy)’, in O. Gervasi, B. Murgante, D. Taniar & 4 others (eds) International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications, Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland, 311-327.

Rice, C. 2022

‘Disused urban cemeteries: unearthing user experiences of Abney Park Cemetery’ in C. Piselli, H. Altan, O. Balaban & P. Kremer (eds) Innovating Strategies and Solutions for Urban Performance and Regeneration, pp. 329-344. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 329-344.

Rumble, H. 2018

‘“If you go down in the woods”: British woodland burial, leisurely funerals, and recreational burial grounds’, in A. Kaul & J. Skinner, J. (eds) Leisure and Death: An Anthropological Tour of Risk, Death and Dying, Colorado, University of Colorado Press, 261-280.

Skår, M., Nordh, H. & Swensen, G. 2018

‘Green urban cemeteries: more than just parks’, Journal of Urbanism, 11:3, 362-82.


Swensen, G., Nordh, H. & Brendalsmo, J. 2016

‘A green space between life and death: a case study of activities in Gamlebyen cemetery in Oslo’, Norwegian Journal of Geography, 70:1, 41-53.



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