What if slum-dwelling children plan an imagined city? Using creative methodologies to articulate the geographical imaginaries of slum-dwelling children in the Philippines

  • Andal, Aireen Grace (Primary Chief Investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details


Funded by the Institute of Human Geography, this project conducts a worldbuilding-via-storytelling workshop with slum-dwelling children in the Philippines to answer the question: What ideas might geographers learn if children were to plan a fictional city? It shows how a child-led “speculative urban planning” can embody radical geographies by rebelling against the culture of erasure that all too often comes with being a slum-dwelling child. This project also brings forth the discussion that children are not separated from the politics of everyday spaces but are rather uniquely positioned in the urban relations and power structures in their cities. This work also solidifies the role of creative participatory methodology to thicken the data on children’s urban imaginaries and acknowledge the diverse urban realities amongst children. The aim is to discuss how children can be strong allies of critical scholarship in geographical research when their voices are taken seriously. This opens a promising research agenda in children’s radical geographies. Such an endeavour, however, is only the first step in moving away from the adultist and hegemonic frameworks in the present geographical discourses. Beyond the academic jargon of geographical studies, let us rock the world by understanding the extent to which children can meaningfully participate in the discourses of their everyday spaces through creative expressions.
Short titleWhat if slum-dwelling children plan an imagined city?
Effective start/end date19/09/22 → …