10th Child in the City World Conference


Learn, share and make connections at the Child in the City World Conference.

With this Dublin conference, we aim to make connections between not only children and cities but also different disciplines and professionals.

Lia Karsten President of the Child in the City Scientific Programme Committee.

The Child in the City World Conference is one of the leading events on the latest child-friendly policies and research studies.
Our 3-day programme includes:

– Sessions from expert speakers in the field of child-friendly cities from all over the world.
– Interactive workshops where projects, researches and local case stories will be shared and discussed.
– Poster presentations by top researchers and scientists.
– Field trips to child-friendly projects throughout the city of Dublin.
– Networking opportunities during the cocktail reception and an optional conference dinner.

The three-day Child in the City World Conference will start on Tuesday morning 15th of September 2020, and will finish on Thursday 17th of September 2020 in the afternoon.

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Scientific Programme Committee

The Scientific Programme Committee for the 10th Child in the City World Conference in Dublin will ensure the review and preparation of a high-quality programme with a variety of speakers:

Lia Karsten (MSc/ Ph.D.) is President of the Child in the City Scientific Committee and an associate professor of Urban Geographies at the University of Amsterdam. She is an internationally recognized expert in the field of urban childhood, changing family life and the use of urban public space. She has published several books and many papers in high standard scientific journals. Lia is the author of the most cited paper in Children’s Geographies (Karsten, 2005). In 2013 she received an honorary doctorate from the Uppsala University, Sweden. She was a visiting professor in Hong Kong and New York. For more information about her www.uva.nl/profile/c.j.m.karsten

Irene Quintáns worked in the Barcelona City Council and in the SEHAB – Municipal Housing Secretariat in São Paulo. As a consultant she works in urban projects, highlighting her role at Bernard van Leer Foundation developing Urban95 strategy in Latin-America (2016-18). Executive Leadership Program on Early Childhood Development (Harvard University). She is the founder and director of OCARA Network (www.redocara.com).


Sven De Visscher is a lecturer in social work at University College Ghent in Belgium. He is part of the urban education team in the department of social work that develops research and teaching projects about education and social work in urbanising contexts. Sven holds a PhD degree in Educational Sciences (Ghent Uni) since 2008, based on a study of the social pedagogical meaning of the neighbourhood for children. His main research topics include child friendly cities, childhood studies, urban public space, community development and urban regeneration. Selected publications on https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sven_Visscher. Sven also has a long experience in local playground work in the city of Ghent, Belgium. In the past, he has volunteered in ‘t Leebeekje (leisure centre for disadvantaged children, www.leebeekje.be), Vlaamse Dienst Speelpleinwerk (national playwork association, www.speelplein.net), and Kind & Samenleving (research centre on childhood and society, www.k-s.be). Photo credit: Jan Locus.

Prof. Carlo Fabian is a social and health psychologist, coach and organizational developer. He is a Senior Researcher & Lecturer with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland – School of Social Work. His research and development work focuses on neighbourhood and urban development, participation, health promotion and prevention, childhood and youth, age and aging, and research methods. He has professional experience both at several universities and in practice. He is also a member of various (inter)national expert groups and panels. For more information about him https://www.fhnw.ch/de/personen/carlo-fabian

Froukje Hajer worked for 30 years in the field of non formal education and leisure time and the right of the child to play. Play- and youth work, extended schoolday programmes, community schools, and public space and a child-friendly environment are subjects of her interest. She realised local and national and local projects. She is the author of articles and publications on this themes (all in the Dutch language) and had developed vocational training-courses in the field of playwork and non-formal learning. She initiated advocacy work, related to children’s right to play, and the Child friendly cities network in the Netherlands. Many years she worked in community based organisations as child-worker (playworker)and as a youthwork-consultant at regional and national level. She wrote a manifest “To make work from play’ (Werk maken van spelen, in Dutch) to increase attention and discussion on this important part of children’s lives. Current position: Independent consultant youth policy and children’s rights related to ‘Child, play and environment’(owner). Boardmember of different organisations for childrens play and youthwork. Dutch councilmember of IPA (International Play Association). For more information please visit: http://www.froukjehajer.nl/