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Change-scape theory: Applications in participatory practice

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This chapter explores a model developed from case study research carried out in Nepal and the United Kingdom. It argues that children's participation should be seen to take place in the space of 'Change-scapes' that show the mechanisms through which this participation can change the context in which they live. The extent of this change depends on how different stakeholders, including adults in communities, are involved in the process. Creating or using existing participatory spaces that encourage participation and dialogue while employing mechanisms for communication and collaborative approaches can shift power dynamics, lead to a better understanding of children's lives and change attitudes and behaviours. Through training, capacity can be built and staff and decision-makers develop trust in young people's evidence and roles in participatory processes.




Johnson, V. (2014). Change-scape theory: Applications in participatory practice. In Participation, Citizenship and Intergenerational Relations in Children and Young People’s Lives: Children and Adults in Conversation (pp. 94–108). Palgrave Macmillan.

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