This page addresses the research pillar Finding Your Way in a Dynamic World, its related research projects and the researchers who are involved.

Finding Your Way in a Dynamic World

The environment in which children are raised becomes increasingly dynamic, complex and digitalized. It places an enormous burden on the brains of children as they need to select relevant information from a multitude of stimuli bombarding their senses each second.

A diversity of opportunities for different groups

Also, the characteristics of environment in which they dwell causes a diversity of opportunities for different groups: growing up in deprived urban neighbourhoods related to fractured families, poor schooling and unsafe public places could lead to a growing opportunity gap between diverse urban youth living in cities.

Interaction with the physical and digital world

We need to understand better how children interact with both the physical and digital world and to what extent growing up in certain neighbourhoods affects different aspects of young people’s daily activities, their urban experiences and sense of in/exclusion.

How are children and young people finding their way in diverse urban settings?

Attention to how children and young people are finding their way in diverse urban settings must be a pressing concern for research.

Key questions

Societal issues raise new questions about the spatial dimensions of youth, the significance of (urban) places to young people’s lives, and about the role home and school environments play:

  • How do children navigate in increasingly complex environments, and plan trajectories to many different destinations, estimating distances, directions and deciding which turns to take?
  • How do everyday youth spaces affect emotional development and experiences?
  • How can we design environments that optimally stimulate youth, especially those in low social-economic conditions?

RESEARCH PROJECTS

These research projects are currently running within the pillar of Finding Your Way in a Dynamic World:

Principal investigators

These principal investigators are currently working on the pillar of Finding Your Way in a Dynamic World:

Researchers

For every faculty, these are the researchers that are involved in the research pillar of Finding Your Way in a Dynamic World (apart from the principal investigators).