CERG in the News

—July 21, 2014—

CERG seeks research assistants to collaborate on a video data analysis project from July 2014 to June 2015.

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—February 13, 2014—

Bijan Kimiagar presented at a side event of the 52nd Session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development,  Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Social Integration: A Focus on Boys.

—September 23, 2013—

CERG hosted a presentation by Ena Oru, MD., Masters of Public Health candidate in General Public Health, Columbia University, Shoshana Burke, MD, Masters of Public Health candidate in Population and Family Health, Columbia University, and Cassie Landers, EdD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, entitled: “A Child-to-Child Approach to Empowering Children in Emergency Settings”

—September 13, 2013—


CERG Formalizes a Research Partnership with the NYPI

The National Youth Policy Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Children’s Environments Research Group on September 13, 2013 to conduct joint research projects on creating child friendly environments in Korea and the United States.  President Jae Yeon Lee and Dr. Geun Young Park visited the Center for Human Environments at the City University of New York to discuss the Article 15 and Child Friendly Places projects.  The MOU was signed by NYPI President Jae Yeon Lee and CERG Director Roger Hart.

This agreement came after CERG Co-Director Pamela Wridt visited the National Youth Policy Institute in Seoul, Korea in July 2013 where she presented Child Friendly Places and discussed ways for the two centers to collaborate.

—September 13, 2013—

CERG hosted a presentation by Dr. Chang Geun Young and Dr. Lee, the National Youth Policy Institute, Seoul, South Korea entitled: “A National Study on Developing Happy Communities for Youth”

—July 3, 2013—

Pamela Wridt was an invited speaker at the National Youth Policy Institute’s 24th Anniversary symposium on creating happy communities for youth in Seoul, Korea.

—May 30, 2013—

Sruthi Atmakur, CERG Research Associate, published her Second Year Doctoral Research on Inclusive Play as a focus paper titled, “Playgrounds of Inclusion” for UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children Report 2013.

—March 23, 2013—

Bijan Kimiagar and Scott Fisher, CERG Research Associates, traveled to Cairo, Egypt to collaborate with children and youth’s self-managed groups organizing in and around Cairo. The trip was made possible by the generous support and effort of Plan Egypt who funded and coordinated collaborative sessions with their front-line staff, field visits to children and youth groups in multiple governorates around Cairo, and a two-day workshop on the Article 15 Project and Resource Kit with youth representatives, Plan Egypt Staff, and community partners.

—March 5, 2013—

CERG is hosting a talk by Samantha Puncht, “Reflections on Researching with Children across Majority and Minority World Contexts,” on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 4:00 (Room 6304.1).  To help with our planning, please RSVP for the talk here.

—February 20, 2013—

CERG Co-Director Pamela Wridt is an invited speaker at the annual “Growing in Place” professional development symposium for urban planners and designers at Marbles Kids Museum on February 20, 2013. The event is sponsored by the Natural Learning Initiative at North Carolina State University.

—February 14, 2013—

CERG Co-Director Pamela Wridt is an invited speaker at the yearly meeting of the U.N. Commission on Social Development on February 14, 2013 , which has chosen its theme this year as “Promoting empowerment of people achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all.” The event is sponsored by the Committee on Children’s Rights and the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences.

—November 8, 2012—

CERG Co-Director Roger Hart gave the keynote at the Child Participation and the Construction of Citizenship conference. The event aimed to disseminate results of recent research and foster dialogue on children’s participation and education in a forum for both researchers and practitioners. CERG Research Associates, Bijan Kimiagar and Jennifer Tang, were also invited to give presentations on their research to students and faculty in the Department of Educational Theory and History at the University of Barcelona, the organizers of the conference.

—July 2012—

Selim Iltus, Research and Evaluation Officer of the Bernard van Leer Foundation published the article, “Recognising the importance of the living conditions children grow up in”.  The articles in this edition of Early Childhood Matters (Living Conditions: The Influence on Young Children’s Health) consider why most people have yet to realise the strong link between the living conditions that children grow up in and their health and development.  The article references the potential of the Child Friendly Cities and Communities Assessment Toolkit as a promising practice for enabling children to identify their priorities for community improvement and empowering them to take actions that fulfill their rights with adult stakeholders.

—June 13, 2012—

Pamela Wridt, Co-Director of CERG talks with Equity for Children about her views on children and public policy, specifically in the city policy planning and evaluation process (see the brief interview by clicking here). This interview was conducted after the symposium ‘Children in an Urban World‘ that took place on March 7, 2012 at The New School.

March 30, 2012—

Pamela Wridt, Co-Director of CERG, and Carlos Vasquez, UNICEF Education Specialist, speak with UNICEF’s podcast moderator, Femi Oke, about education, urbanization and child friendly cities.  Their talk examines the importance of listening to children’s voices in the planning and design of communities, schools and cities.  Hear the featured podcast through UNICEF’s website by clicking here.

—February 2012—

CERG researchers Roger Hart, Sheridan Bartlett and Pamela Wridt contributed to UNICEF’s flagship report – The State of the World’s Children Report 2012, entitled Children in an Urban World.

—July 22, 2011—

During the Child Friendly Communities East Harlem project, youth produced a film about children’s rights to raise awareness among young people in America about their rights. They interviewed children, youth and adults on the streets of East Harlem, and conducted focus groups with 70 children aged 8-18, and 25 adults to assess the current conditions of children in this New York City neighborhood. This film, produced by and for youth, won first place in the New York Civil Liberties Union Freedom of Expression Contest.  The winning film can be accessed on their blog, Future Building a Future in East Harlem.