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Call for papers Child in the City International Seminar – Antwerp, Belgium

The third edition of the Child in the City International Seminar takes place 20-21 May 2019 in Antwerp, Belgium. The focus of this upcoming two-day seminar will be: Children in the sustainable city. The call for papers is now open. 

The Child in the City International Seminar’s bringing together experts and policymakers from different relevant fields around a specific theme of the child-friendly city agenda. The aim of this seminar is to bring together expertise from both the disciplines of sustainability and urban childhood. How can we connect those fields in a way that both strengthens sustainable cities and children’s position in cities?

Children in the sustainable city

Children are constructed as both the future at risk and the future solution for sustainable living. Cities all over the world are developing policies to make the urban environment more sustainable. At the same time global initiatives to make cities more child-friendly are increasingly important. We think this is the strategic moment to integrate sustainability with child-friendliness. Building sustainable cities should not only offer technical innovations but has social, economic and ecological dimensions as well.

A broad definition of sustainability should include children in at least two ways. First by designing policies that incorporate children’s needs: making sustainable solutions accessible to children. And secondly by giving children a voice – through educational programs – in creating sustainable policies.

Within the overall theme of the seminar we want to address the following six subthemes:

  • Resilient public space: water and green
  • Urban planning: renewal and densification
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Placemaking and co-creation
  • Healthy public space
  • Inclusion and participation of children and youth


Are you interested in presenting or organising a roundtable discussion on one or more of the mentioned topics? Then please submit an abstract containing:

  • A maximum of 300 words
  • The abstract must be clearly written in English
  • Relate to one or more of the seminar’s six sub-themes
  •  A clear link to child-friendliness and/or sustainability.


Please submit your deadline before the 23rd of January 2019

The Scientific Committee will access all submissions and provide feedback on submission on or before February 15, 2019.

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Author: Julia Zvobgo

Julia Zvobgo is a Cultural Anthropologist. She is also the Community Manager and Events Manager of Child in the City.

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