The photo collage consists of a photo of a wood to the left, a drawing of a wood where a girl and a boy is on therir way into the wood and a big city with skyskrapers in the background.

Nature in Children’s Literature and Culture (NaChiLitCul)

The main objectives of Nature in Children’s Literature and Culture are to map out and analyse the representations of nature in children’s and young adult literature and culture and explore how the interaction of student teachers, children and young adults with literary texts and outdoor didactic practices shape their environmental awareness.

NaChiLitCul challenges the seemingly implied and positive connection between children and nature within the field of educational and ecocritical thinking and theory and examines whether the various representations of nature found in children’s and YA literature and culture correspond with those found in educational practices.

The outcome is increased knowledge of how nature is represented and understood in children’s and YA literature and culture, and augmented understanding of how literature and educational practices may shape both student teachers’ and children’s ability to verbalize their conceptions and awareness of nature and of current environmental challenges.

NaChiLitCul was established at Bergen University College, now Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), in 2013. It was founded in response to an identified lack of both national and international coverage of Nordic children’s ecocritical writings and children’s texts. NaChiLitCul is now a leading environment for research on children’s literature nationally.


  • KINDknow (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences ) 
  • ENSCAN (Ecocritical Network for Scandinavian Studies) 

A selection of publications

Ecocritical Perspectives on Children's Texts and Cultures: Nordic Dialogues, Nina Goga, Lykke Guanio-Uluru, Bjørg Oddrun Hallås & Aslaug Nyrnes (Red.) (2018) 

Jente–hest-kameratskap på tvers av artar: Hesteboka i økokritisk perspektiv, Aslaug Nyrnes (2019) 

Climate Fiction in Nordic Landscapes, Lykke Guanio-Uluru (2019) 

Økokritiske litteratursamtaler – en arena for økt bevissthet om økologisk samspill?, Nina Goga (2019)   

Education for Sustainability: Developing Ecocritical Literature Circles in the Student Teacher Classroom, Lykke Guanio-Uluru (2019)  

Oppfatninger av natur i planverkene for kroppsøving og mat og helse i femårige grunnskolelærerutdanninger, Bjørg Oddrun Hallås, Eli Kristin Aadland & Tom Lund (2019)  

Home is outdoors. A study of award-winning Norwegian picturebooksNina Goga (2019)  

Et retroperspektiv på lærerstudenters friluftsliv og naturopphold i skole og fritid - et antroposentrisk fremfor et økosentrisk natursynOve Olsen Sæle, Bjørg Oddrun Hallås & Aadland Eli Kristin (2019) 

Head of Research Group

Department of Language, Literature, Mathematics and Interpreting


This research group is a part of the research program Sustainability, Participation and Diversity.