Category Archives: Pamela Wridt

CERG Members Contribute to the Working the Group on Youth Governance Indicators

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be monitored in a way that both captures the experiences and views of youth and includes young people in processes that hold governments to account for these global commitments. The Working Group on Youth-Inclusive Governance Indicators has identified a list of national- level indicators and methods for monitoring Goal 16 Targets … Continue Reading ››

Spatializing Children’s Rights: A Comparison of Two Case Studies from Urban India

This article presents a child rights-based, participatory and intergenerational assessment and planning methodology that empowers communities to collect, analyze, and act upon data summarizing the opinions and experiences of children, adolescents and parents to influence local development processes at different scales of change. The article critically reflects upon two case studies of this methodology as … Continue Reading ››

Childhoods in Place and Placeless Childhoods: An Historical Geography of Young People In Yorkville and East Harlem 1940-2000

This dissertation provides an analysis of how young people’s everyday lives outside of school in Yorkville and East Harlem have changed from the 1940s until present time, and what factors contribute to consistencies or differences in young people’s use and experience of their local environment. This research seeks to contribute to … Continue Reading ››

Participatory Mapping Approaches to Coordinate the Emergency Response of Spontaneous Volunteers After Hurricane Sandy

This article demonstrates the potential of participatory mapping approaches to coordinate spontaneous volunteers and assist government agencies and humanitarian organizations in emergency contexts. The research focuses on one case study of a volunteer mapping project in the Rockaways in New York City to help communicate the needs reported by community members to outsiders after … Continue Reading ››

The Neighborhood Atlas Project: An example of participatory action research in geography education

In this paper I present a model for participatory action research (PAR) in geography education with middle school teachers and students to learn about children’s perspectives of their community, and thus their knowledge of local geography. This PAR model was developed in an extra-curricular geography program in a New York City public middle … Continue Reading ››

An historical analysis of young people’s use of public space, parks and playgrounds in New York City

In this paper I present childhood biographies of three people who grew up in or near a public housing development located on the border between the contrasting communities of Yorkville and East Harlem in New York City. Stories of their middle childhood (ages 11-13) poignantly capture the social and spatial evolution of play … Continue Reading ››

Block politics

This paper explores how young people have experienced everyday life on ‘the block’ in a racially diverse lower to working class community in New York City over time, a concept that I refer to as block politics. Broadly defined, block politics refers to the process in which young people's territories are socially conceived, … Continue Reading ››

uMAP! An educational resource on how to conduct participatory community mapping with children and youth to create social and environmental change

This online resource is a clearinghouse of information on how to conduct community mapping with and for children and youth growing up in urban areas to promote social action and neighborhood change. The site outlines strategies for child and youth mapping projects, provides key examples of mapping projects, and organizes a comprehensive database of … Continue Reading ››

A qualitative GIS approach to mapping urban neighborhoods with children to promote physical activity and child-friendly community planning

As the obesity epidemic in children increases, it is important to consider the role of neighborhoods in supporting children’s physical activity and healthy development, especially in low-income communities where obesity levels among children are higher … Continue Reading ››

Creating child friendly cities: the case of Denver, USA

Referencing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as the basis to make cities more supportive of children's needs, this paper discusses the emergence and characteristics of child friendly cities. It then reviews the development of an initiative in Denver, Colorado, to become the number one child friendly city in the USA, and … Continue Reading ››