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Governing for Child-Friendliness? Perspectives on Children as Users Among Swedish and Danish Urban Open Space Managers

Jansson, Märit and Zalar, Alva and Pritzel Sundevall, Elin and Randrup, Thomas B. (2020). Governing for Child-Friendliness? Perspectives on Children as Users Among Swedish and Danish Urban Open Space Managers. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities. 2 , 565418
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Abstract

Despite the acknowledged importance of outdoor environment quality in supporting children’s health and well-being, little is known about how contemporary urban open space management caters for children. In this study, Swedish (n = 54) and Danish (n = 25) local governments were surveyed regarding how they manage urban open space for children, e.g., through a child-centered perspective which might include children’s perspectives (participation and governance approaches). The results revealed organizational differences and more active consideration of children as urban open space users in Sweden than in Denmark. A general ambition to increase children’s participation was reported, but also associated challenges, including budget limitations and lack of knowledge among managers. More ambitious and child-centered urban open space management units work collaboratively and broadly, through governance processes. This includes going beyond conventional structures and perceptions of what are “places for children” and consider all levels of strategic management (policy, tactical, and operational) in developing child-friendly environments within urban open spaces. The large differences between various management units indicates the importance of individual employees’ knowledge and dedication, and the value of exchanging knowledge and experiences.

Authors/Creators:Jansson, Märit and Zalar, Alva and Pritzel Sundevall, Elin and Randrup, Thomas B.
Title:Governing for Child-Friendliness? Perspectives on Children as Users Among Swedish and Danish Urban Open Space Managers
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:2
Article number:565418
Number of Pages:12
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Human Geography
Keywords:child perspective, children’s participation, green space governance, mosaic governance, park management, urban open space management, user-oriented management
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-108809
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-108809
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3389/frsc.2020.565418
ID Code:18756
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
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Deposited On:26 Nov 2020 14:23
Metadata Last Modified:15 Jan 2021 19:22

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