Evi Petersen

Ph.d Research Fellow
Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science
Department of Sports, Physical Education and Outdoor Studies
Campus Bø
I am a PhD candidate at USN (enrolled in the PhD program: Culture Studies). In my research project, I am working empirically on participants’ emotional and embodied experience that result from engaging in friluftsliv (outdoor activities). My theoretical approach draws from perspective related to Sport Science, Psychology and Culture Studies. I am generally interested in collaborative projects at the interface between physical activity, quality of life & nature environment.



My work at USN includes teaching within the subjects of Friluftsliv (Outdoor Studies), and Sports and Physical Education, at bachelor's and master's level and further education. Specifically, I am involved in lectures, seminars, field teaching, supervision and censorship work.

In addition, I am doing committee work and I am involved in writing research application for external funding.


Theoretical and practical teaching – Friluftsliv (Outdoor Studies)

· Lectures on nature presence, sensing and well-being; the significance of emotions for body, movement and health, at bachelor level, course: Outdoor life, people and nature; Autumn 2020, 2021

· Lecture: the significance of emotions for human-nature relationship, course: Outdoor life and outdoor rehabilitation; Spring 2021

· Two-day solo trip (Practical teaching outdoors), course: Outdoor life, people and nature; Autumn 2019, 2020, 2021

· Two-day overnight trip in the local area: Nature presence, landscape and senses; Autumn 2020, 2021


Theoretical teaching - Sports & Physical Education

· Lectures on scientific theoretical and empirical research examples; course: Master in physical education, sports and outdoor life, theoretical specialization; Autumn, 2018

· Lectures on public health, methods and scientific approaches; course: society, body, movement; Spring 2019, 2020



· Main supervisor for four bachelor students (two students from Outdoor Studies, delivered in 2019, 2021; two students from Sports and Physical Education, delivered in 2020).


Assessment and censorship

· Assessment work of exams, portfolio assignments for the course: society, body, movement (bachelor); Spring 2019, 2020; Outdoor life, people and nature (bachelor); Autumn 2019, 2020; outdoor rehabilitation (further education) Autumn 2021


External assignment

· External examiner for a master's thesis at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN), Department of Environmental Psychology, (2021)

· External examiner for a master's thesis at the University of Oslo UIO, Department of Psychology (PSI) and the Norwegian Sports Academy (NIH), Department of Teacher Education and Outdoor Studies (2020/2021)

· External examiner for a master's thesis at the Norwegian Sports Academy (NIH), Department of Teacher Education and Outdoor Life Studies (2020)

· External examiner for semester course work at Høgskulen på Vestlandet (HVL), Faculty of Teacher Education, Culture and Sports (FLKI) (2020/2021)

· External examiner for a semester course work at the University of Oslo UIO, Department of Psychology (PSI) (2020)


Administrative competence development (other compulsory work)

· Member of the Honesty Committee for the University of Southeast Norway (USN) and Høgskolen i Innlandet (HiNN); Autumn 2020 - now

· Member of the committee for the USN project «Review of USN's doctoral education»; October 2019-March 2020

· Nokut's systematic quality work at the University of Southeast Norway - interview participation; Spring 2019


 Participation in application writing for research funding for various projects

- Application to the Templeton World Charity Foundation: "Connecting emotions", project manager; Spring 2021 


- Application to the Research Council: «Sensemaking, knowledge, and technology in corporate practices - Exploring the SCKT complex», contributing; Autumn 2020

- Participation in idea competition at USN: "Barefoot shoes for the elderly - a replacement for grandparents' slippers?", (Project manager); Autumn 2020



 Peer review - scientific journals

  • Ecopsycology, https://home.liebertpub.com/publications/ecopsychology/300/overview 
  • Tidsskrift for Norsk psykologforening,  https://psykologtidsskriftet.no/






PhD candidate at University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), Institute of Outdoor Life, Sports and Physical Education (2017 - now)


Research assistant at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany (2015–2017)

Institute of Sport Science, Department of Exercise Physiology


M.A. human movement science - University of Hamburg, Germany (2015)

Main emphasis: Health research

M.A. thesis: "Health-related quality of life in the elderly – the impact of physical activity & urban green space"

Semester abroad at the University of Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, BC/Canada, Master of Arts Program: Sustainable Leisure Management (2013)


B.A. human movement science (Major), Psychology (Minor) - University of Hamburg, Germany (2011)

B.A. thesis: "Friluftliv – chances and barriers of outdoor therapy in the healthcare system"

Erasmus exchange student at the Universitetet i Agder, Kristiansand/Norway, Bachelor of Arts Program: Friluftsliv (2010)





Murphy, C., MacCarthy, D., & Petersen, E. (2022). Emerging Concepts Exploring the Role of Nature for Health and Well-Being. In R. Brears (Ed.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Futures (pp. 1-9). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51812-7_250-1 

Petersen, E., Bischoff, A., Liedtke, G., & Martin, A. J. (2021). How Does Being Solo in Nature Affect Well-Being? Evidence from Norway, Germany and New Zealand. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health18(15), 7897. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/15/7897

Hollander, K., Petersen, E., Zech, A., & Hamacher, D. (2021). Effects of barefoot vs. shod walking during indoor and outdoor conditions in younger and older adults. Gait & posturehttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2021.04.024

Petersen, E., & Martin, A. J. (2021). Kama Muta (≈ Being Moved) Helps Connect People in and to Nature: A Photo Elicitation Approach. Ecopsychologyhttps://doi.org/10.1089/eco.2020.0032

Petersen, E., et al. (2020). "Walking barefoot vs. with minimalist footwear – influence on gait in younger and older adults." BMC Geriatrics 20(1): 88. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-020-1486-3

Petersen, E., Fiske, A. P., & Schubert, T. W. (2019). The Role of Social Relational Emotions for Human-Nature Connectedness. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 2759. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02759

Rahlf, A. L., Petersen, E., Rehwinkel, D., Zech, A., & Hamacher, D. (2019). Validity and Reliability of an Inertial Sensor-based Knee Proprioception Test in Younger vs. Older Adults. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 1, 27. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fspor.2019.00027/full

Petersen, E., Schoen, G., Liedtke, G., & Zech, A. (2018). Relevance of urban green space for physical activity and health-related quality of life in older adults. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 19(3), 158-166.

Petersen, E. & Zech, A. (2016). Einfluss von Spazierengehen auf die gesundheitsbezogene Lebensqualität von Senioren [The Influence of strolling on health related quality of life in the elderly]. Jenaer Beiträge zum Sport, 21, 17-19.

Nehm, A. & Petersen, E. (2014). The Sunshine Coast Trail: Tourism to the Sunshine Coast Region, B.C. In N. Vaugeois (Ed.), Case studies in sustainability in the Sunshine Coast, BC (pp. 40-50). Vancouver Island, BC: World Leisure Centre of Excellence at Vancouver Island University.


Conference Abstracts (peer-reviewed)

Petersen, E., & Bischoff, A. (2021). Alene i naturen – Hvordan oppleves 48-timers solo?. In Forskning i Friluft 2021: Friluftsliv og høstingstradisjoner i 150 år. Hamar: Norsk Friluftsliv. Access presentation: https://norskfriluftsliv.no/forskning-i-friluft-2021-sesjon-2-fysisk-og-psykisk-helse/ 

Petersen, E. & Schubert, T. (2021). How kama muta connects people to nature. In Social and Community Psychology Conference 2021. Oslo. Short abstract available: https://socialcommunitypsychno.wordpress.com/program/

Petersen, E. (2020). The role of emotions for the relationship of nature connectedness and subjective well-being. 4th Conference on environmental psychology. 19th-20th November 2020. Lillehammer, Norway. 

Petersen, E. (2019). Being moved in nature - its significance for nature-connectedness and well-being. Emotions 2019: 7th International conference on emotions, well-being, and health, 16.-18.10.2019, Tilburg, Netherlands.

Petersen, E., Tangen, J. O., Schubert, T. (2018). Kama Muta i friluftsliv – emosjoners betydning for velvære og helse. In Forskning i Friluftsliv 2018: Friluftsliv gjennom 150 år. Tønsberg: Norsk Friluftsliv. Access video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7f-Jb-if8s

Petersen, E. & Zech, A. (2018). Older Adults’ Motives and Barriers towards Physical Activity in Urban Green Space & Its Impact on Health-Related Quality of Life. In Book of Abstracts - Sport, Discriminations and Inclusion: Challenges to face. 15th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference (p. 46). Bordeaux, France: eass.

Petersen, E., Hamacher, D. & Zech, A. (2017). Effekte von Barfußgehen und minimalistischen Schuhen auf die Gangstabilität von älteren Erwachsenen. In A. Schwirtz, F. Mess, Y. Demetriou & V. Senner (Hrsg.), Schriften der Deutschen Vereinigung für Sportwissenschaft: Vol. 265. Innovation & Technologie im Sport (S. 67). Hamburg: Feldhaus Ed. Czwalina.

Petersen, E. & Zech, A. (2017). Die Relevanz von naturbezogenen Erholungsräumen für die körperliche Aktivität und die gesundheitsbezogene Lebensqualität von Älteren. In A. Schwirtz, F. Mess, Y. Demetriou & V. Senner (Hrsg.), Schriften der Deutschen Vereinigung für Sportwissenschaft: Vol. 265. Innovation & Technologie im Sport (S. 307). Hamburg: Feldhaus Ed. Czwalina.


Other forms of publication

Petersen, Evi (2021). TEDTalk: Can VR help foster good health? Prof. Giovanna Calogiuri explains why virtual nature isn't a paradox. GoGreenRoutes blog news (31st May, 2021, access: https://gogreenroutes.eu/news?c=search&uid=Q4hn8w13).

MacIntyre, Tadhg E.; Murphy, Cassandra; Calogiuri, Giovanna; Petersen, Evi & Gallagher, Elaine (2021). The Changing Form of Nature: A Multi-sensory Exploration of Our Connection to NaturePopular scientific lecture, work shop at the nature of cities festival (access: https://tnoc-festival.com/wp/#about).