CREAN Conference 2018

The impact of children’s rights education and research on policy development

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:

  1. Policy making needs to be able to rely on robust scientific data and knowledge in order to develop effective and efficient evidence-based policies to implement the children’s rights normative framework;
  2. Academia is increasingly asked to ensure that its education and research programmes resonate with the social and political necessities of their time and that their research findings have sustainable impact;
  3. Knowledge brokering emerges as processes that aim to facilitate the transfer and transformation of scientific knowledge into operational policies, as well as to make academia aware of current social problems.
Children´s Rights European Academic Network (CREAN)

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.

Organizing Committee

Centre for Children’s Rights Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • Dr. Roberta Ruggiero
  • Prof. Karl Hanson
  • Mr. Pierre Coquillot
  • Ms. Elena Patrizi

Scientific committee

  • Dr. Roberta Ruggiero
  • Prof. Karl Hanson
  • Ms. Rebecca Budde, University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam, Germany
  • Prof. Natália Fernandes, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  • Prof. Maria Roth, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Prof. Kay Tisdall, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Conference Programme  

Biographies and Abstracts - Plenary Speakers

Parallel Sessions Programme

Practical Information


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.

Call for papers

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:

  • Good practices of evidence-based policy making in the field of children’s rights
  • Transparent and balanced use of research outcomes in children’s rights policy development
  • Donors’ role and impact on ‘evidence making’ and ‘policy development’ on children’s rights
  • The role of academic children’s rights research and education to creating ‘informed policies’
  • The influence of alumni of higher education programmes on policy making and advocacy Effective dissemination of research outcomes usable for policy developments
  • Knowledge construction for the reconceptualization of children’s rights related issues
  • ‘Informed society’ and ‘informed practitioners’ at local, national or international level

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.


Children’s Rights European Academic Network (CREAN)
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University of Geneva, Valais Campus
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