My background is in social sciences mostly related to the urban environment, sustainable development in developed and developing countries, planning and management of urban green spaces, and public participation in research and decision-making.
My doctoral study is interdisciplinary including natural and social sciences, and it is mostly GIS based. I analyse the dynamic and complex human-movement-environment interaction in Helsinki’s urban forests. My research focuses on how recreational use and movement is spatially distributed and motivated nowadays, and how this knowledge can assist panning and management to preserve and enhance the ecological and recreational quality of forest ecosystems. I am using emerging and participatory methods such as Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) and smartphone GPS tracking to gather useful citizen information while engaging the general public in urban forestry.
Bancheva, Silviya, 2014, “Integrating the Concept of Urban Metabolism into Planning of Sustainable Cities. Analysis of the Eco² Cities Initiative”, DPU Working Paper N.168, University College London, London, UK
Bancheva, Silviya, 2011, “Carrying Capacity at Lake Mývatn, Iceland. Assessment of the Physical Ecological Carrying Capacity”, LAP LAMBERT, Saarbrücken, Germany
Department of Environmental Sciences
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