Child-centred climate and development pathways

Principal Supervisor: Dr Thomas Tanner Department of Development Studies, SOAS University of London

Co-Supervisor: Dr Aideen Foley Department of Geography, Birkbeck

Project Description

This studentship will investigate the relationship between of children and their development futures in a changing climate. Drawing on theoretical bases around knowledge co-production, frames and post-development, the studentship will examine:

  • The evidence base on children and climate change and how it is popularly represented and framed
  • Perceptions and knowledges of children and future development pathways
  • How critical child-centred understandings of vulnerability and adaptive capacity can challenge and improve efforts to adapt to climate change

The successful applicant will employ mixed methods approach and require qualitative as well as quantitative research skills. A Masters degree demonstrating research excellence and previous experience of research in the Global South would be an advantage.

Subject Areas/Keywords

Children and youth, development, climate change, resilience, perceptions

Key References

Tanner, Thomas (2010) ‘Shifting the Narrative: Child-led Responses to Climate Change and Disasters in El Salvador and the Philippines’. Children & Society, (24) 4, pp 339-351.

Lee, K., Gjersoe, N., O’Neill, S., & Barnett, J. (2020). Youth perceptions of climate change: A narrative synthesis. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 11(3), e641.

Further details about the project may be obtained from

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