Nordic Edge Expo

Workshop: Children and the Smart City: Creating Sustainable, Liveable, Child-friendly Cities

The focus of this presentation is to discuss and highlight how we can rethink and develop smart cities that are both liveable and sustainable, with children in focus. A central statement is that such child-friendly cities must also be built incorporating the voices and experiences of children themselves. This opposes traditional approaches where cities where children live are thought and planned by adults alone. The presentation also draws on a) the existing literature on children and smart cities b) small-scale interviews c) brief analysis of two cases in Stavanger and Gjesdal, Norway, to present a model of what factors should be considered in order to create liveable, sustainable, child-friendly cities.

This presentation will discuss and highlight how we can rethink and develop smart cities that are both liveable and sustainable, with children in focus. A central statement is that such child-friendly cities must also be built incorporating the voices and experiences of children themselves. This opposes traditional approaches where cities where children live are thought and planned by adults alone.

The presentation also draws on

a) the existing literature on children and smart cities
b) small-scale interviews
c) brief analysis of two cases in Stavanger and Gjesdal, Norway, to present a model of what factors should be considered in order to create liveable, sustainable, child-friendly cities.

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Johana Montalvan Castilla is a social anthropologist, researcher, educational consultant and educator based in Norway. She works as a doctoral research fellow at the faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Stavanger, Norway. As a trained scholar, she has conducted research that examines the social and cultural impact of digital technologies, and research focused on Smart Cities, Sustainability and Early Childhood.  Her research has a participatory approach, including the voices of children, youth, parents, policy makers and other important social actors.

Johana is also the founder of © Kids Aware, an educational and consulting firm and platform that advises organizations and helps children, parents and schools to establish a balanced relationship to digital technologies.

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