Call for Papers

Deadline for Submission: 17th May 2016

We invite papers which specifically address the conference themes in relation to children and young people’s everyday lives.  The papers will develop theory and showcase empirical evidence which will be used to prompt dialogue about young lives across contexts, communities and cultures to facilitate action and set the research direction in the age of ‘a new urban agenda.’

We invite papers which span global childhood experiences, addressing the themes of:

Theme 1: Mobility

Children and young people’s everyday mobilities                                                Children, young people and transport                                                                   Children and young people as pedestrians                                                          Intergenerational and interdependent mobilities                                                Children and young people affordable travel                                                       Children’s right to mobility

Theme 2: Planning and design                                                                            

Children’s experiences of public space                                                                   Re-thinking public spaces with children and young people                                Inclusive cityscapes and city planning                                                                     Absent planning: constraints and opportunities                                                  Participatory planning                                                                                               Children’s engagements with sustainable urban design                                     Permanent and temporary, formal and informal urban spaces

Theme 3: Water and sanitation                                                                          

Young people and water                                                                                           Young people and sanitation                                                                                   Water, urban planning and sustainable drainage systems/Low Impact Development                                                                                                                Water conservation and ecology                                                                             Water management

Theme 4: Energy 

Young people and energy                                                                                          Young people and energy production                                                                    Young people and energy consumption                                                                Energy solutions and young people’s perceptions and use                                Housing, energy and young people                                                                       Cooking, energy and young people                                                                        Young people and food                                                                                             Intergenerational perspectives of energy

Other points to note:

i) Whilst there are four themes to this conference we appreciate that research will address cross-cutting issues, we are open to papers which address young people’s lives in the context of a nexus approach

ii) There is also space within the conference for a reflection on the aims and priorities of Habitat III, we encourage critical thinking in terms of the Urban Agenda for young people’s lives.

Optional third day - Methodology workshops

The optional third day of the conference isdedicated to methodological approaches, providing a space for critical methodological discussion. There will be two workshop streams, one on participatory methodologies and the other on the use of technologies in social science research. We are asking for short 10 minute papers to address the two workshop streams:

1) Methodology workshop: Using participatory methodologies with children and young people (part funded by the ESRC Sharing Futures research project)

2) Methodology workshop: Use of technologies and apps in social science research with children and young people (part funded by the ESRC Map my Community research project)

This event is being organised by the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham and part-funded across numerous research projects:

New Urbanisms in India (ESRC) -

Sharing Futures (ESRC/Newton) -

(Re) Connect the Nexus (ESRC/FAPESP/Newton)

Map my Community (ESRC).

This brings together shared visions and research agendas in thinking about young people in the ‘New Urban Agenda.’