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Call for papers: Child poverty in western cities

Submit your paper for the Child in the City International Seminar: Child poverty in western cities. The two-day seminar will be held in Leeds, UK on the 21st and 22nd of November 2019. 

Child poverty in western cities

Child poverty is an often hidden phenomenon in western cities masked by figures of the overall prosperity of cities. It often concentrates in specific highly segregated neighbourhoods. We recognise that many cities are polarised and have children both who live in wealth and others who live in poverty. Child poverty has many faces and affects children’s development in a number of negative ways. In this seminar, we want to focus on both expanding our knowledge of child poverty and building on solutions in the form of best practices and innovative policies.

This seminar will comprise a number of keynotes exploring theories and definitions of child poverty, the effects of child poverty on children and their families and, ways to tackle this issue from an interdisciplinary approach.

We are now seeking proposals for workshop presentations from academics, policymakers and practitioners on one of the following themes:

  • Child poverty and marginalisation
  • Child poverty and children’s agency
  • Urban segregation and child poverty
  • Child poverty and health issues
  • Child poverty and education
  • Measuring child poverty and making it visible
  • Addressing child poverty in interdisciplinary ways


If you would like to submit an abstract, we would encourage you to be innovative in your proposal. Presentations by co-researchers and partnering organisations are also very welcome. Remember that in this seminar we are focussing in the first place on European cities.

To submit your proposal please send an email to with the email heading ‘Call for papers Child in the City International Seminar – Leeds, UK’. Attach a word document containing all of the following:

  • Title of Presentation
  • An abstract with a maximum of 200 words
  • First and last name
  • Email and phone number
  • Organisation and Country
  • Which sub-theme you are submitting to

You have the option of also stating what type of format you think best fits your presentation e.g. Roundtable, World Cafe, etc.

Please note your abstract must be clearly written in English, relate to one or more of the seminar’s seven sub-themes and have a clear link to child-friendliness and poverty.


The deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 20th, 2019, before midnight (Amsterdam time). The Scientific Committee will access all submissions and provide feedback on submission on or before July 1st 2019.

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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