Kaisa Hauru

My research

My studies concentrate mostly on restorative and aesthetic experiences of people in urban forests. I’m mainly studying what kinds of forests are most restorative, and what elements make forests aesthetically appealing. I have found, for example, that people feel more restorative inside urban forests with a closed view to the urban environment compared to edge environments where visibility to the urban matrix is open or semi-closed. Currently, I’m studying the aesthetics of dead and decaying wood in urban forests and parks.

I’m also contributing to research projects entitled “Well-being in urban environments: the use of ecosystem services as a tool towards sustainable urban planning” and “The fifth dimension – green roofs in urban areas”.

Previously, I’ve studied the spatial distribution of tree saplings in heavily worn urban forests.




Tel: +358 44 338 4763

Department of Environmental Sciences
P.O. Box 65 (Viikinkaari 2, Environment house, Room 2064)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki