CRiCity - Children and their right to the city: Tackling urban inequity through the participatory design of child friendly cities 

    FUNDED BY: FCT ( PTDC/SOC-SOC/30415/2017) 

    Although sociological research has shown the importance of place and environment to children’s lives, namely to their health, independent mobility, approach to social problems, social identity, sense of safety, and general impact on inequality and inequity, children are still seldom included in urban planning.
    As a result, cities lack safe public places for children to walk, play, and build healthy relationships with the environment.
    This project aims to tackle this inequity by using a participatory approach to investigate children’s relationships with urban public places in the two major Portuguese cities (Lisbon and Porto).
    We use an ethnographic, child-centered and participatory approach, considering children as ‘experts’ in this process. Children’s perspectives are then transposed into urban planning through a bottom-up participatory methodology, involving the local community and decision-makers, in order to design proposals for a child friendly-city.

    Participant Institutions:
    Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Letras, Instituto de Sociologia da Universidade do Porto, Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP/Ulisboa), Centro de Administração e Políticas Públicas (CAPP).

    Eunice Castro Seixas (SOCIUS/CSG-ISEG, Ulisboa), Paulo Castro Seixas (CAPP, ISCSP, Ulisboa), João Teixeira Lopes (FLUP, Univ. Porto), Benedita Portugal Melo (Instituto de Educação, Ulisboa), Catarina Tomás (Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa), Inês Barbosa (IS-FLUP), Lígia Ferro (IS-FLUP), Maria Fernandes-Jesus (ISCTE-IUL, CIS-IUL), Rita Cássia (CAPP, ISCSP, Ulisboa).


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