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ROLE – Research On Learning Environments

ROLE inquires into educational environments using relational and spatial perspectives, with an aim to contribute to research leading to better conditions for teaching, learning and social sustainability.

ROLE studies pedagogical and didactical aspects of relations between (a), design and usage of schools, preschools and playgrounds, artefacts such as furniture and technology, (b), conceptions of education and its purposes among students, staff and management, in particular during transitions into new kinds of learning environments including hybrid and multi-zone ones (c) teacher and student agency in learning environments, (d) technological surveillance and safety in schools, and (e), social practices in education – relationships in schools, preschools and leisure pedagogy.

  • Ongoing research projects
    • A learning-environment testbed to evaluate benefits for lighting beyond retrofits
    • Success factors for functional preschool environments
    • CoReD - Collaborative Redesign with Schools
    • Research study on learning environments in two schools
    • Multifunction house Southern Hemlingby
    • Sustainable relational professionality (dissertation project)

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Example of learning environment. Photo: Anneli Frelin

Example of learning environment. Photo: Anneli Frelin

Finished research projects

Finished research projects

Publications from members


Refereegranskade artiklar

Frelin, A. & Grannäs, J. (2022). Teachers’ pre-occupancy evaluation of affordances in a multi-zone flexible learning environment - introducing an analytical model. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 30 (2), 243-259. 10.1080/14681366.2020.1797859 [Mer information]
Frelin, A. & Grannäs, J. (2021). Designing and building robust innovative learning environments. Buildings, 11 (8). 10.3390/buildings11080345 [Mer information]

Vetenskapliga artiklar, ej refereegranskade

Frelin, A., Grannäs, J. & Rönnlund, M. (2021). Transitions in Nordic school environments – an introduction. Education Inquiry, 12 (3), 217-224. 10.1080/20004508.2021.1947625 [Mer information]


Frelin, A. & Grannäs, J. (2021). Students’ Digital Photo Stories about School Spaces for Safety and Learning. Pedagogy - Challenges, Recent Advances, New Perspectives, and Applications [Working Title]. InTech. 10.5772/intechopen.101195 [Mer information]


Frelin, A., Grannäs, J., Sundholm, M. & van de Meulebrouck, T. (2023). Evaluation of a School Building Program using Pedagogical Walk-throughs. . [Mer information]
Frelin, A., Grannäs, J. & Mörck Riekki, W. (2023). Innovative learning environments as a place for examination of the concept of team teaching. . [Mer information]
Frelin, A. & Grannäs, J. (2021). Secondary School Teachers' Perceptions of Affordances in a Planned Multizone Flexible Learning Environment. . [Mer information]


Frelin, A. & Grannäs, J. (2022). Nya Lärmiljöer : Från vision till pedagogik i två innovativa skolor. Stockholm: (Sveriges Kommuner och Regioner) Länk [Mer information]
Frelin, A., Grannäs, J., Sundholm, M. & Van de Meulebrouck, T. (2022). Pedagogisk utvärdering av skolmiljöer : Gåturer i fyra skolbyggnader i Stockholms stad. Gävle: Gävle University Press. 117 s. (FOU-rapport 57) Länk [Mer information]
Grannäs, J. & Frelin, A. (2021). Pilotstudie Södra Hemlingby : Multifunktionshus – samlokalisering av förskola, grundskola och vård- och omsorgsboende. (Rapport från forskningsprogrammet Morgondagens lärmiljöer) Länk [Mer information]

Professor Anneli Frelin anneli.frelin@hig.se

Docent Jan Grannäs jan.grannas@hig.se

Published by: Camilla Haglund Page responsible: Sara Perttunen Sundberg Updated: 2023-05-04
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