Call for papers – Child in the City Dublin 2020

Do you have a story, experience or perspective to share about child equality in the urban world? Then share it at Child in the City World Conference in Dublin 2020.

A call for papers has now been made for the next biannual Child in the City conference series, Making Connections, which aims to cement links between not only children and cities, but also disciplines and professionals, including the connection between the physical and social domain.

Through this approach we will look to bridge divides and open up new and promising perspectives on interdisciplinary approaches that can help ensure that cities are a better place for children from all backgrounds. The conference offers a vital opportunity for children’s professionals, city planners, social workers, academics, designers and policymakers to share their knowledge and experience about how to create future urban environments that are truly child-friendly.

‘Creating equality of access for all children’

Through this broad perspective of creating equality of access for all children and youths, the conference will focus on six central themes:

  • Connecting green and play
  • connecting generations
  • connecting health and play
  • connecting children’s mobility and sustainable futures
  • connecting urban parenting to urban planning
  • connecting immigrant families to social communities.

Click here for more detailed information on each of these themes.

Making Connections will be the 10th edition of the Child in the City World Conference series, and is being held by the International Child in the City Foundation, Dublin City Council and the Irish Department of Children and Youth Affairs from 15-17 September 2020.

‘Supporting the voice of the child’

There is a criteria for submitting/presenting papers, which must be relevant to children’s rights and the principles of a child-friendly city, namely: promoting equality of opportunity, including all groups of children (e.g. disabled, migrants, economically disadvantaged and ethnic minorities).

Papers should also be:

  • Integral – considering the needs of the whole child
  • participatory – supporting the voice of the child
  • applicable to local policy and practice
  • considerate of one of the conference’s six themes
  • independent of commercial interests
  • be interesting to other cities and nationalities.

Abstracts are invited for either poster or slide presentations. By submitting an abstract, the author agrees that, if accepted, the paper will be presented as scheduled. The abstract must be written clearly in English and should not exceed 300 WORDS. 


The call for papers for Child in the City World Conference in Dublin will close 28 February 2020. Feedback will be given in the first week of April 2020.

‘Submit your paper online’


If your abstract has been accepted and your presentation is included in the conference programme, you will be required to attend the conference. As a speaker we provide a special fee:

Conference fee presenter (2,5 days): Euros 490 (excl. VAT)

Abstracts and presentations

For purposes of review and programming, abstracts are divided into themes as outlined above. Selection of the most appropriate category is important as it determines who reviews your abstract. (note: if appropriate, the programme committee may reassign your abstract to a different category).

The length of the presentations at the conference will be strictly 20 minutes, including time for questions. The conference language is English. Presenters will be informed if their proposals have been accepted the first week of April.

You can also submit your paper idea online here

Author: Simon Weedy

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