The keynote speakers will establish the framework for the conference.
Claire Freeman, Professor in Geography at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Abstract: “Children and nature in the city: why they need each other.” That children need nature is widely accepted, but what type of nature? Specifically what type of nature is not only necessary but realistically available in the complex and rapidly changing cities that children currently live in? This paper is based on our book…Read More
Inga Dora Sigfusdottir, Professor at Reykjavik University, Iceland
Abstract: During the 1990s substance use of Icelandic adolescents was among the highest in Europe. This was a growing concern in Iceland where adolescents used to flock out to the streets every weekend to get heavily intoxicated. It was in this environment that a group of social scientist tried to approach the problem with statistical…Read More
Helen Jarvis PhD, Reader in Urban Social Geography at Newcastle University, UK.
Abstract: “Reweaving the fabric of civil society: advancing a social phenomenology of shared space and common purpose – for urban planning.” The social fabric of the places we live in matters. Yet, parents and children are feeling increasingly cut off and isolated from human and ecological connections in the towns and cities where they live. This…Read More
Carol Barron, Assistant Professor in Dublin City University, Ireland
Abstract: Play in 20th century Dublin: tradition, continuity and change The 20th century was Ireland’s first urban century (McManus 2011) and the city of Dublin experienced mass suburbanization and urban sprawl. To examine how this may have influenced children’s play and games during this time period, two separate resources are examined. Firstly, the Schools Collection…Read More
Salvador Rueda, Superblocks Barcelona, Spain
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