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EEI SEMINAR: “Green inequities in children’s urban socio-natures” by Carmen Pérez del Pulgar

Date: 2019-01-17

Title: “Green inequities in children’s urban socio-natures”

Speaker: Carmen Pérez del Pulgar, ICTA-UAB

Moderator: Isabelle Anguelovski, ICTA-UAB

Day: Thursday, 17 January 2019
Time: 12.30h
Room: Z/023

Municipalities are increasingly resorting to the creation and restoration of green amenities as a tool to achieve more sustainable and healthy cities. In turn, many urban green amenities are directed to inner city children and families to promote greater contact with nature and freedom to engage in ‘free’ or ‘creative’ play. As this green-playful-child-friendly entanglement directs more and more aspects of the production of space in some cities, recent research points toward a correlated tendency to reify and commodify the concepts of children, nature and play, producing an uneven territory of the green-playful-child-friendly city that is at odds with the claims toward universal benefits.

In this seminar I will present my recent work in Barcelona undertaken with the objective of exploring the making/unmaking of green-playful-child-friendly socio-natures, the role of power and capital in these processes, and the effects that these spaces have on urban equity and children’s wellbeing. We quantitatively analysed the distribution of green-playful-child-friendly amenities since 1990 relative to class, ethnicity and educational differences by neighbourhood. For the case of Parc Central de Poble Nou and the Parc Central de Nou Barris, we qualitatively observed the socio-material interactions producing wellbeing in these two spaces. The idea was to test how children in neighbourhoods with different income bases, urban transformations and park features relate with other people and the environment in the new green-playful-child-friendly spaces.

Carmen Pérez del Pulgar Frowein graduated in Political Science at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2013) and holds a MSc. Degree in Human Geography from the Universiteit van Amsterdam (2015). Carmen is currently a PhD candidate at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona - ICTA -BCNUEJ and her research is part of the ERC funded project GREENLULUS. Carmen’s research interest focuses on the inclusiveness of urban spaces and the fragmentations of the urban space by race, gender, class and age that shape the experience and the feelings of their residents. Focusing on this contested nature of cities, she questions how conflicting conceptualisations of cities become populated and renegotiated through everyday urban spaces. Carmen is particularly interested in the factors that determine the conflicts and inequities around the production of green, playful and child-friendly cities. 

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