CREAN Conference 2018
18-19 January 2018
Uni Bastions, University of Geneva, Switzerland
The conference aims to carry on the dialogue on the role and impact of children’s rights education and research on policy development between academia and policy-makers. The conference theme allows bringing together perspectives from academia and professional partners both on children’s rights policy development as well as on academic education and research.
Since the mid-1990s, countries have experienced a significant evolution in their policies dedicated to the implementation of children’s rights. This evolution is mainly characterized by two factors: first, the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989 included a broadening of the notion of children’s well-being and has led to a higher attention given to the fulfilment of children’s human rights. Second, policy developments have witnessed an increased endeavour to favour so-called evidence-based policy. Both aspects are concerned with adopting a human rights approach in the development of policies with the intention of making effective decisions for the implementation of children’s human rights, based on the transparent use of scientific knowledge.
Over the last decades, actors from different sectors have asked for heightened collaboration and partnership between academia and policy-making. Policy makers as well as advocates in favour of strengthening the implementation of the normative framework on children’s rights have been asking researchers to provide support for establishing effective children’s rights policies. Academics have been responding, in various ways and with different degrees of intensity, to these demands, but have also started to look more critically at the normative children’s rights framework itself. They have argued that scientific research not only has a responsibility to respond to demands emanating from policy or advocacy, but have also asked policy makers and advocates to consider findings stemming from their basic research.
To take stock and further examine these developments, this conference focuses on three main areas of discussion:
This is the bi-annual conference of the Children´s Rights European Academic Network (CREAN). CREAN aims to further enhance the academic field of children's rights as an interdisciplinary field of studies.
The network is composed of European higher education institutions that work together to support the development of education, research and outreach activities. Through its networking activities, CREAN acts as a platform for the promotion and exchange of information on scientific research and fosters research collaborations between its members.
Centre for Children’s Rights Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland
This conference, which is part of the activities developed by the Children’s Rights European Academic Network (CREAN), is open for CREAN members as well as well as for other interested participants. We particularly invite policy-makers, staff members of NGOs, international organizations and researchers and teachers who work on themes related to childhood, children’s rights, human rights studies and cognate academic fields.
We cordially invite you to submit a paper that addresses the conference’s main discussion themes. Papers can, for instance, explore one or more of the following points:
Please submit your abstract (no more than 300 words) via the CREAN website by 15 November 2017. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and selections will be communicated by 24 November 2017.