Natalie Gulsrud is an Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning. Her research focuses on exploring the connections between competitive urban governance, urban sustainability and the role of urban green spaces in green infrastructure policy. Specifically, Natalie is concerned with the prioritization of urban green spaces and other biophysical UGI elements in green city branding campaigns and the socio-environmental consequences of urban re-naturing campaigns. In this context, the role of citizens as green urban entrepreneurs, providers of public services and environmental stewards are also areas of interest. Natalie’s research is theoretically situated in an urban governance perspective with a strong focus on urban political ecology. Additionally Natalie teaches the masters-level course Urban Forestry Urban Greening.
Natalie earned her PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning in urban green space governance. The focus of her PhD was on the role of urban green space in green city branding campaigns in Denmark and abroad. She was supervised by Cecil Konijnendijk Van Den Bosch, Professor of Green Space Management, at the University of Copenhagen and Can Seng Ooi, Professor and Director of Center for Leisure and Culture Services at Copenhagen Business School.
Natalie has a Master in Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs, Seattle, USA with a focus on urban sustainability policy (2010). Before moving to Denmark, Natalie was employed as a bicycle and pedestrian planner at Seattle Children's, working on transportation demand management for the Seattle hospital. In this position she worked individually with employees of the hospital to help them get to work without their car providing cycling education, personal route planning for biking and walking. She was also instrumental in developing an employee bike-share program. In this position, Natalie also worked with hospital administration, the City of Seattle, King County, Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Cascade Bicycle Club, and Feet First to increase the alternative transportation solutions for employees at Seattle Children's. She held this position from 2007 -2010 while completing her MPA at the University of Washington.