Roger Hart

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Research Interests

  • Children's Development and the Quality of the Physical Environment
  • The Participatory Development of Communities


  • Ph.D. Clark University

Roger Hart is director of the Center for Human Environments and the Children’s Environments Research Group at the Graduate Center. There are two broad strands to his work. The first is a critical engagement with environmental policy-making, planning, and design through research with children, particularly those living in difficult circumstances. The second is a concern with children’s right to be heard regarding their own development and the development of their communities. This has led to the design of new ways of listening to children and of involving children in the governance of their communities and institutions. He has collaborated in many countries with international NGOs and UNICEF and has published books in numerous languages. His publications for UNICEF include Cities for Children: Children’s Rights, Poverty and Urban Management (1999), with S. Bartlett, X. de la Barra, A. Missair, and D. Satterthwaite, and Children’s Participation: The Theory and Practice of Involving Young Citizens in Community Development and Environmental Care (1997).

Hart was editor of Childhood City Quarterly for ten years and is on the advisory boards of Child magazine, the Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, and the Children’s Garden Programs of the American Horticultural Society. He has also taught at UCLA and the Université de Montréal. He earned a B.A. in geography from the University of Hull and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in geography from Clark University