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    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


https://www.slu.se/en/lawn   LAWN Project

Maria was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia. She graduated from the Landscape Architecture Program at Leningrad State Forest Technical University, the oldest Landscape Architecture Program in Russia (started in 1933) and received her PhD in botany and urban ecology from Moscow State University. In Russia (St. Petersburg), then in the USA (Michigan Technological University and SUNY ESF, Syracuse, New York), New Zealand (Lincoln University) and in Sweden (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Professor of Landscape Architecture) Maria was working on the investigation of different urban ecosystems and developing principles of ecological design in biophilic cities. Her latest FORMAS project in Sweden was dedicated to the lawn as cultural and ecological phenomenon and symbol of globalization. Another important research and teaching interest is history of landscape architecture, restoration and conservation of historical parks and gardens.

Funding overview

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: SLU Climate Project: Towards sustainable lawns: searching for alternative cost effective and climate friendly lawns in Ultuna Campus. 2016-2017: 250 000 SEK. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Research funded project.


PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Lawn as ecological and cultural phenomenon: Search for sustainable lawns in Sweden. Gräsmattan som ekologiskt och kulturellt fenomen. Hur ska gräsmattor i Sverige planeras och skötas för att vara både funktionella, estetiskt tilltalande och ekologiskt hållbara?8445000 SEK (837000 Euro). 2013-2017 FORMAS funded research (The Swedish Research Council)

Please see our webpage www.slu.se/en/lawn



Research in Landscape Architecture, Methods and Methodology: a literature circle and workshop: Ingrid Sarlöv-Herlin (project coordinator), Lisa Diedrich; Maria Ignatieva; Thomas Oles; Christine Haaland, Anna Peterson

Research Funding Seminars: Neil Sang (project coordinator), Bengt Persson, Nina Vogel, Maria Ignatieva


CO-INVESTIGATOR: Low impact urban design and development. FRST funded subcontract to Landcare Research 2003-2009, New Zealand

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: The Arboretum/Botanical Garden Master Plan Project. SUNY ESF, Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs, Carl Jahn & Associates 2003-2004, USA

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: The New Directions Initiative of Colorado Institute of Mines Interdisciplinary project: “Ecology and Cultural History in an Urban River (Neva, St. Petersburg)” 2002-2003, USA

CO-INVESTIGATOR:  The Syracuse Vacant Land Study.  The Central New York Community Foundation and the Syracuse Department of Community Development. 2001-2002

CO-INVESTIGATOR in the City of Syracuse Open Space Study: a Contribution to the City of Syracuse Comprehensive plan. 2002

CO-INVESTIGATOR:  Redesign of Erie Boulevard in Syracuse.  City of Syracuse Comprehensive Plan. 2002

CO-INVESTIGATOR. Lincoln Township – a Vision for our Future. Lincoln University.  New Zealand 2001

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Flora of Christchurch.  Lincoln University.  New Zealand 1997-1998



Urban and Rural Development evaluation panel member


Education/Academic qualification

Botany, PhD, Lomonosov Moscow State University

1 Jan 198325 Dec 1987

Landscape Architecture, B.Sc and M.Sc, St. Petersburg State Forest Technical University

1 Sep 19771 Sep 1982

External positions

Professor of Landscape Architecture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

1 Sep 2010 → …


  • Education
  • Urban biodiversity
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Urban ecology
  • garden restoration
  • ecological design

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globalization Earth & Environmental Sciences
biodiversity Earth & Environmental Sciences
landscaping Agriculture & Biology
biotope Earth & Environmental Sciences
biotopes Agriculture & Biology
Westernization Earth & Environmental Sciences
city Earth & Environmental Sciences
ecological phenomena Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2004 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

Historical development and practices of lawns in China

Yang, F., Ignatieva, M., Larsson, A., Xiu, N. & Zhang, S., Feb 2019, In : Environment and History. 25, 1, p. 23-54 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

historical development
literature review

Public perceptions and preferences regarding lawns and their alternatives in China: A case study of Xi'an

Yang, F., Ignatieva, M., Larsson, A., Zhang, S. & Ni, N., 1 Dec 2019, In : Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 46, 126478.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

case studies
suburban area
policy making
1 Citation (Scopus)

Relationships between multi-scale factors, plant and pollinator diversity, and composition of park lawns and other herbaceous vegetation in a fast growing megacity of China

Yang, F., Ignatieva, M., Wissman, J., Ahrné, K., Zhang, S. & Zhu, S., 1 May 2019, In : Landscape and Urban Planning. 185, p. 117-126 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

species diversity
5 Citations (Scopus)

An alternative urban green carpet: How can we move to sustainable lawns in a time of climate change?

Ignatieva, M. & Hedblom, M., 12 Oct 2018, In : Science. 362, 6411, p. 148-149 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Biodiversity-friendly designs in cities and towns: Towards a global biodiversinesque style

Ignatieva, M., 2018, Urban Biodiversity: From Research to Practice. Ossola, A. & Niemelä, J. (eds.). Oxon: Routledge, p. 216-235 (Routledge Studies in Urban Ecology).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Projects 2018 2022


Green Flag Award (UK)

Maria Ignatieva (Recipient), 14 Aug 2017

Prize: Honorary award

Honorary doctor

Maria Ignatieva (Recipient), 22 Sep 2012

Prize: Honorary award

New Zealand