This talk argues for the inclusion of children and young people’s voices, hopes, aspirations and experiences in the development of new urban spaces, city planning and provision of services and facilities. Drawing on international examples of literature and research, the talk will set the case for utilising the perspectives and experiences of children in designing and planning India’s urban agenda. Based on evidence from children and families living in, moving through and negotiating everyday challenges and opportunities, we offer preliminary recommendations for designing, visioning and implementing liveable, inclusive urban environments.
1. Dr. Sophie Hadfield-Hill is a Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK. Sophie’s research is informed by children’s urban and development geographies and she has worked on numerous research projects with children and young people since 2009. Sophie currently researches on urban living, sustainability and everyday life within the context of a new city development in India. The primary focus is a consideration of children and young people’s everyday life in the context of new urban spaces.
2. Dr. John Horton is Associate Professor in Human Geography and Associate Director of the Centre for Children and Youth (CCY) at the University of Northampton, UK. John is a Cultural Geographer with a research specialisation in relation to children and young people’s geographies. John has been Principal or Co-Investigator on numerous funded research/evaluation projects with children and young people in the UK.