Lezing | Laura Lundy: Rights of children with disabilities and the digital environment

14-03-2019 van 16:00 tot 19:00
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The Children’s Rights Centre (KeKi), the Department of Special Needs Education (UGent) and the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy (UGent) are keen to invite you for the public lecture of Professor Laura Lundy and the public debate that will follow.

In her public lecture, professor Lundy will focus on an innovative methodology for conducting rights-based participatory research with children. Professor Lundy, being affiliated to the Centre for Children’s Rights that has pioneered in the development of this innovative methodology, has extensive practical experience of applying this with children of all ages in diverse social and geographical contexts. In her presentation, professor Lundy will discuss the rights-based process and substantive findings of a recent project conducted for the Council of Europe in partnership with Ghent University and KeKi and partners in Germany, Moldova, Portugal and Turkey. Working with four groups of children with disabilities as co-researchers, the research team collated the views of almost 100 children, with very different types of disability, on their experience of their digital rights.

After the public lecture, a public debate will take place. During this debate, a response to the public lecture will be offered by the Flemish Children’s Rights Commissioner, Bruno Vanobbergen. Moreover, the youngsters who were active participants in the Flemish part of the research project will offer their viewpoints. The audience will be invited to discuss all the insights and perspectives with the research team.

Laura Lundy is Co-Director of the Centre for Children’s Rights and a Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast. She is co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Children’s Rights. Her expertise is in children’s right to participate in decision-making and education rights. Her 2007 paper, “’Voice’ is not enough” is one of the most highly cited academic papers on children’s rights and the model of children’s participation it proposes (based on four key concepts - Space, Voice, Audience and Influence) is used extensively in scholarship and practice. She acts as expert advisor on child participation to Child Rights Connect and has provided advice and/or training on children’s rights to a wide range of other international organisations including the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, OSCE, the Council of Europe, UNICEF, Terres des Hommes, Plan International and Save the Children.


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