Associate Professor

Marte Lange Vik

Field of work

I am a geographer and I'm very interested in how we use and decide over our surroundings.

In my work as associate professor at Department of environmental sciences, I teach planning related sucbjects at the MSc programme Climate change management and the BSc programmes Landscape planning with landscape architecture,Renewable energy og Geology og geohazards. I am also programme coordinator for the MSc programme Climate change management.

I want to inspire students and others to become interested in what happens around us where we live and spend our time, and that we all shape our surroundings in different ways. Places are shaped through interaction between people and environment; landscapes influence people, and people influence landscapes. I hope that our students will be inspired to want to search for good solutions both and local and global scale. 

My primary research interest is public participation and democracy in planning and management of landscapes. I completed my ph.d. in landscape geography at NTNU in 2015, focussing on implementation of the European Landscape Convention (ELC) in Norway and Denmark, with particular interest in practical measures and perspectives on democracy, power and landscape values.

Ongoing research projects:

  • SURROUND: Development of small and medium sized urban settlements, and impacts on environment and people.
  • FIELD OF GOALS: Method development for integration of UNSDGs in regional and local planning.   

I have previously worked as a planner in Gjerdrum municipality, carrying responsibilities in municipal planning and cooperation and dialogue with the local community. I started my carreer as a researcher in sustainable tourism and business and societal development related to large protected areas, at Western Norway Research Institute.


Courses taught

  • PL413 Miljø- og forvaltningsrett
  • PL4-304 Climate Change Adaptation in Land Use Planning

Research areas

  • Sustainable urbanisation
  • Public participation and democracy
  • Planning for sustainable development
  • Spatial planning

Research groups