Children, Youth and Environments

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Work Group Leader:

Assoc Prof Kate Bishop, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of New South Wales |
Prof Linda Corkery, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of New South Wales |


This new APRU-SCL working group on children, youth and their environments (CYE) will bring together academics from around the Asia Pacific region interested in the role of physical environments in children’s health, wellbeing and development, and the relationships between the social and physical environments of children’s lives. The group’s aim is to enhance research and policy work in this field, lifting its profile to benefit children and youth and, ultimately, creating more sustainable cities and landscapes. The APRU-SCL reach spans nations with diverse cultural challenges and rapidly changing urban environments, all of which affect children’s lives. Cross-cultural collaborations will highlight shared experience and expertise. Key environmental issues include: prioritising the needs of children and young people in cities with increased urbanisation; addressing the impact of poverty and poor housing; ensuring the quality of educational environments; increasing opportunities for contact with nature and active play; ensuring safe, walkable neighbourhoods. Social issues with environmental dimensions include: poverty; mental health; obesity and gender equity.

In the lead up to the 2020 Conference, we’ll ask participants to identify the issues around CYE from their different perspectives. Using these responses, we will prepare draft strategic directions identifying potential synergies and proposing collaborative outputs that will guide our work in Auckland.

Relevant SDGs:

Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group



Key Dates

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by:
Monday, 31 August 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• PhD papers submission due on: Sunday, 6 September 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• Early birds registrations close on: Monday, 9 November 2020

• Standard registrations close on: Friday, 11 December 2020

Please note that all key dates are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

About APRU

As a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

We leverage collective education and research capabilities of our members into the international public policy process. Our primary research areas include natural hazards & disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence & the future of work, the Pacific Ocean, and labor mobility.