Children, Young People and their Environments

Wednesday 11 November 2020 (14:00-15:30)

For more information, please contact Richard Brunt, International Partnerships Officer, Birmingham Global by email 

Brazilian children walking down a street full of muddy puddles in a favela

This webinar will reflect on several years of collaborative research between the University of Birmingham (UoB) and Brazilian scholars about children, young people and their environments. Complementing our expertise in other countries (including the UK and India), the webinar will explore key issues and questions emerging from our work with young people, and particularly on environmental ‘nexuses’, such as food-water-energy, and climate change. It will also help celebrate our now 6 years of partnerships with UNESP and USP in research in this area, with nearly £1 million of grant capture.

The webinar will also look forward to assess key future priorities for research on sustainable cities and young people, and how these might support policy-makers and young people themselves in these complex and uncertain times. Looking at and beyond current Birmingham-Brazil links, this important event will enable us to reflect on the types of collaborations between the UK and Brazil that would be best-placed to address those priorities. We therefore encourage participation in the panel discussion from colleagues within and beyond UNESP, USP and UoB. Part of this would be about (re)thinking our approaches in a (post-) Covid world, and the ways in which pandemics interact with a whole host of other issues in the (future) lives of young Brazilians: issues such as environmental degradation, climate change, resource scarcity and disasters. We will also consider which theories and methods might be best suited to youth engagement and interdisciplinary research in responding to these issues.

Please note the webinar will take place at 14:00 UK time


Professor Peter Kraftl, Chair in Human Geography, School of Geography Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham.

Dr Susanne Börner, Marie Curie Global Fellow, School of Geography Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham.

Associate Professor Leandro Giatti, School of Public Health, University of São Paulo (USP)

Professor Jose Antonio Perrella Balestieri, Department of Chemical and Energy, São Paulo State University (UNESP)

Assistant-Doctor Arminda Eugenia Marques Campos, Department of Production, São Paulo State University (UNESP)

Dr Carolina Carolina Monteiro de Carvalho, Post-Doctoral Researcher Institute of Environment and Energy University of São Paulo (USP).

Moderator: Professor Richard Butler, Director of Global Engagement, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham.

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