Child-Friendly Cities: Critically Exploring the Evidence Base of a Resurgent Agenda

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Title Child-Friendly Cities: Critically Exploring the Evidence Base of a Resurgent Agenda
Author Gleeson, Brendan James; Woolcock, Geoffrey William Elliott
Publication Title State of Australian Cities Conference 2007
Editor Steve Hamnett
Year Published 2007
Place of publication University of South Australia, Adelaide
Abstract Recent public debates about Australia's children and young people have increasingly acknowledged the direct impact of urban development on their health and well-being. This paper reviews a broad range of trans-disciplinary literature addressing child-friendliness in contemporary Australian cities, drawing particular attention to the fact that even some of the most recognised texts on children and young people in Australia make few references in their analysis to the issue of place and neighbourhood. More specifically, the paper points to two particular research challenges confronting the ongoing study of young people's well-being in urban areas, including a) the need for a more thorough analysis, both conceptual and applied, about how children and young people's well-being is affected by different urban forms and by the social and ecological variations that occur throughout cities; and b) the focus on younger children needs to be complemented by a focus on adolescents and young adults who in turn need to be actively involved in confronting these challenges.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.unisa.edu.au/
Alternative URI http://www.unisa.edu.au/isst/default2.asp
Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 jointly held by SOAC and the authors. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner[s] for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
Conference name State of Australian Cities Conference 2007
Location University of South Australia, Adelaide
Date From 2007-11-28
Date To 2007-11-30
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/18342
Date Accessioned 2008-02-29
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Other Architecture, Urban Environment and Building
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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