Director of the Project 

Professor Karen Malone (PhD, BEdHons, BEd)

Professor of Environmental and Childhood Studies, Academic Research Director,  School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology.

About this project

The Anthropocene, a human imprint at a global-scale. This site and the project Children in the Anthropocene  explores how the fragility of children and their nonhuman companions are engaged in a dance of daily survival of shared vulnerabilities in our cities  around the globe. It recognises the unsettling that the naming of the Anthropocene has administered – and will continue to administer – as a massive jolt to our collective imagination of our ‘selves’. The irony being we as a species, amongst others, find ourselves,  both as the monster and maker of these precarious times. The concept of the Anthropocene assumes a generalized anthropos, whereby all humans and nonhumans are equally implicated and all equally affected. Through my research I seek to bring attention to the way the environmental crisis accentuates rather than diminishes differences between the privileged and the not so privileged; the human and the non human. Because we are not all in the Anthropocene together, the children and the nonhuman kin they share the world with, are far more in it than others.

This project has been funded through a number of seeding grants provided by Swinburne University of Technology and external agencies including UNESCO, UNICEF Policy and Strategy, New York, UNICEF Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan National Government,  UNICEF Bolivia, City Council of La Paz, UNICEF Albania, Albanian Prime Ministers Executive Office, Natural England, UK, GPT Urban developers, Stockland Urban Developers, Australian Social Sciences Association Linkage Grants, VicHealth.

If you would like to learn more about the many facets of the project Children in the Anthropocene please contact the Project Director Professor Karen Malone through this blog site or email directly on  kmalone@swin.edu.au.


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