Visual Methods

An increasing number of staff and students at NMBU's Faculty of Landscape and Society are engaged in the use and development of visual methods to support research and teaching. 

The Faculty has established a workspace to support visual methods such as digital story-telling, photo-voice, photo-elicitation, participatory diagramming, drone use, GIS and other mapping technologies. 

Stories of energy, society and the environment

As well as using these methods for qualitative and quantitative research, there is an increasing need to use visual methods to effectively convey sometimes complex themes and issues in the dissemation of research results and in teaching. NMBU's Faculty of Landscape and Society is therefore pleased to assist in the further development of visual methods through the creation of a workspace as an arena to meet, practice, and learn from each other and from experts.


  • Four seminars/webinars in which NMBU staff/students can share experiences with visual methods. Details to be announced.

  • Three specialists in visual methods specialists are invited to NMBU to share tips and knowledge:

    1. Four ways to produce data with the help of visual methodologies
      By Tor Halfdan Aase - 5 March, 12:30-14:00, Thor Larsen Loft, Tivoli Building, NMBU.

    2. Epidemic photography
      Dr. Christos Lynteris (Department of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews, UK) will talk about the emergence of epidemic photography at the end of the nineteenth century as a genre and field of vision, distinct from medical photography in that its focus was not the human body or symptoms of illness. Instead, it will be argued, by focusing on the causes of illness, epidemic photography was formative of a new category and experience that would come to define the modern world: the pandemic - Thursday 24 September, 12:00-13:30, via Zoom

    3. Participatory GIS - (date and details to be confirmed).
  • Experiments in applying visual methods (including the use of drones in field research).

  • The creation of a locked digital archive of relevant stock images and footage for the Faculty's staff and students.

  • The formation of an electronic registry of existing software, tools and equipment.

Fieldwork using photo elicitation.

Fieldwork using photo elicitation.

Andrei Marin


Published 20. January 2020 - 12:59 - Updated 8. September 2020 - 8:46