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Colloquium - Adriana Tenorio Cordeiro

‘Child-friendly’ cities… What about this idea?
When Feb 23, 2018
from 03:30 PM to 04:30 PM
Where Storm Hall 316
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‘Child-friendly’ cities… What about this idea?

Adriana Tenorio Cordeiro
Assistant Professor, University of Pernambuco (UPE), Brazil
Doctoral Student, Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil
Host: Stuart Aitken

The ideas we have about ‘child-friendly’ places have been clearly influenced by global frameworks – such as UNICEF’s strategies for promoting child-friendly cities - that suggest positive indicators and several plans to guide policy in different localities. We should be concerned about the ways frameworks of 'child-friendly' cities influence children’s impressions about urban spaces. Trying to explore some critical ideas related to global South realities, this talk will direct some attention towards the idea of urban ‘child-friendliness’ from children’s perspectives in Brazil. What is a city like which is ‘friendly’ to children? Who’s responsible for it? Whose welfare does the current production of urban space envision? 11-year-old children from three schools in Recife (Brazil) wrote letters on what they consider to be a ‘child-friendly city’, and this talk shares this research experience.  If projects and actions focusing on ‘child-friendly’ environments are to be conveyed, children’s right to appropriate, that is, to access and use urban space should be foreseen.

Adriana currently studies public policies related to childhood and urban space in Brazil, within the Urban Studies and Politics of the Mobility Research Group (MOBIS/UFPE). She holds a Master’s Degree in Administration and a Diploma in Public Management. Prior to lecturing, Adriana worked at Recife’s City Hall in local community projects.
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