Teacher Education and Outdoor Studies

The department is dealing with the subjects of physical education, adapted physical education, dance education and outdoor education both inside and outside school settings.

Friluftsliv and Outdoor Studies

A group of students on a canoe trip on a lake
Friluftsliv research at NIH, Dept. of Teacher Education and Outdoorstudies. Illustration: Catherine

Friluftsliv research at NIH has evolved significantly since its humble origins and today spans multiple major thematic areas. The Outdoor Studies researchers at NIH see friluftsliv as part of the action needed to address the world’s greatest challenges: climate change and loss of biodiversity; decreasing mental health and well-being; and increasing social inequalities.

Over the coming years, we will tackle these global problems through carefully aligning our teaching, research and knowledge exchange practices with our ongoing work in the diverse areas of nature tourism, outdoor pedagogies, leadership and professionalization in outdoors, outdoor leisure practices, mobile technology and social media in friluftsliv, friluftsliv in schools and education, culture and friluftsliv, and near-nature experiences.

We invite prospective students, individual practitioners, partner organizations, and potential research collaborators to join us as we work to address the most pressing issues for people and planet through friluftsliv.  

Read more in our eight page booklet, Friluftsliv research at NIH: Past, Present and Future (PDF).