Victoria Derr

Victoria Derr
California State University, Monterey Bay | CSUMB · Environmental Studies

Doctor of Philosophy Environmental Studies

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Introduction
Victoria Derr is an Associate Professor in Environmental Studies at California State University Monterey Bay. Her current research interests include: i) nature and culture, with applications to environmental education and planning; understanding under-represented populations’ relationships to the environment, through resilience, climate adaptation, and other environmental frames; and iii) green schools as as sites for sustainability, learning, and equity
Additional affiliations
August 2016 - present
California State University, Monterey Bay
Position
  • Assistant Professor, Sustainability Education
August 2010 - July 2016
University of Colorado Boulder
Position
  • Instructor

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Living laboratories employ applied and transdisciplinary research, experiential learning, and co-creation of the campus. • Campus landscapes can serve as living laboratories for project-based learning and environmental stewardship. • Landscapes as living laboratories provide opportunities to consider, implement. • Landscapes as living laboratories...
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Latin American Transnational Children and Youth focuses on understanding young people’s connection to nature and place within a transnational and Latin American context. It serves to diversify, elaborate, and sometimes challenge the assumptions made in researching people and place, and unearths the complexities of a world in which the identity of...
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This article presents an exploration of diverse adults’ motivations for action to promote social and environmental change at a California public university. Semi-structured interviews with current or graduated university students reveal how they navigate their own identities and intersectionalities in developing an activist orientation, and their v...
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Nature school settings provide opportunities for experiential learning across many developmental domains. This study focused on an afterschool nature program in Santa Cruz County, California, which serves kindergarten through fifth grade students. The study was designed as a pilot to both learn about the program’s effectiveness, and to test the fea...
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Photovoice, a Participatory Action Research method developed by Wang and Burris, has gained popularity as a pedagogical tool to engage youth with environmental, sustainability, and conservation issues. Influenced by Paulo Freire's critical pedagogy, feminist theory, and documentary photography, photovoice supports reflection about place, critical d...
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Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989 places obligations on States to provide opportunities for children to express their opinions and to have these opinions be taken seriously in matters that affect their lives. While many studies from around the world have shown that children and youth can meaningfully par...
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An illustrated, essential guide to engaging children and youth in the process of urban design From a history of children’s rights to case studies discussing international initiatives that aim to create child-friendly cities, Placemaking with Children and Youth offers comprehensive guidance in how to engage children and youth in the planning and de...
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Amidst a growing social movement to connect children to nature, little is understood about how children actually attach to place or the role of nature in shaping place attachments. While place attachment is an undertheorized concept, human attachment is well understood. In the chapter, an exploration of human attachment provides clarity of the pote...
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To better understand children’s needs and desires, many landscape architecture and urban planning professionals are engaging children in participatory design processes. These projects often involve children in early conceptual design phases but not in later planning and construction, when technical expertise dominates the process. This article focu...
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Project to identify children’s recommendations for best hospital practices in healing. Dissemination of materials and use in training; lessons learned.
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Built environment education can deepen young people's understanding of everyday environments. It allows them to pursue their interests, to explore the environment, and to practice skills and group action. Participatory practices, when integrated into built environment education, address young people's rights to influence decisions that affect them...
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This paper explores the role of green schools in promoting education for sustainability by reflecting on a university-middle school partnership focused on sustainable design. Undergraduates and middle school students met weekly for a semester to learn about sustainability through simple design projects and activities that focused on sustainability...
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Resilience planning is increasingly employed as a means for cities to anticipate and plan for environmental and social challenges. Children's perspectives are under-represented in this domain. Through drawings, murals, photographs, videos, and dialogues, children shared their perspectives on resilience in two disparate cities – Boulder, Colorado, U...
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This chapter examines successive schools of thought in early childhood education that have encouraged the exploration of urban environments by young children. These traditions have pursued similar aims, from creative self-expression and democratic decision making to collaborative learning among peers and multiple generations, communication skills,...
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In 1989, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child lay the groundwork for children´s access to education, to play, to express themselves, and to have their views heard. This article explores participation as a supportive framework for democracy, environmental justice, and cultural inclusion. It presents methods that have fostered cul...
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While an engaged citizenry is often the goal of community service learning, the rights of children to be active agents in this process are largely considered in a separate academic literature. Yet community service learning and children's participation share much in their goals and approaches to engagement. This paper analyzes a campus-community pa...
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Informal play in nature is fundamental to children’s health and well-being, providing physical, social, and psychological benefits. Yet children in urban environments frequently lack access to natural spaces for free play. Participatory planning similarly is important across many domains in contributing to children’s well-being. This chapter review...
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Growing Up Boulder – a child-and youth-friendly city initiative in Boulder, Colorado, USA – engaged 95 children, ages 4-17, in a planning process with the City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) department. The goal was to understand current uses of the area and to identify specific strategies for the plan. This report describes spec...
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Early childhood environmental education in cities draws on ideas of John Dewey, Reggio Emilia preschools, environment education in the built environment, and education for sustainability. Urban environmental education facilitates children’s contact with and learning about urban nature and the built environment. Successful models for early childho...
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Child-Friendly Cities were conceived as a means to integrate children's rights into city decision-making and governance. Participatory research about child-friendly cities consistently finds overarching themes across ages and regions: children desire access to services, nature, and play; freedom from physical danger; and opportunities for inclusion...
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Young people have much to offer urban planning, yet are not often included in such processes. A unique partnership in Boulder, Colorado, provides a venue for young people’s participation in city planning. Boulder is in many ways a learning laboratory with progressive ideals and sustainability thinking. As the city began planning for its Comprehensi...
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A growing body of research shows that in diverse societies and cultures, daily contact with nature is an important element of people’s health and well-being. However, because parks are not equitably distributed throughout cities, some urban residents do not have access to these resources and related benefits. Given limited budgets for park acquisit...
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This article shares outcomes from a year-long participatory planning process – one that brought together children and youth engagement, city planning, campus planning, and a university environmental design course to explore child-friendly, dense and affordable housing for a city of approximately 100,000 residents. This process of engagement asked d...
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Informal play in nature is fundamental to children’s health and well-being, providing physical, social, and psychological benefits. Yet children in urban environments frequently lack access to natural spaces for free play. Participatory planning similarly is important across many domains in contributing to children’s well-being. This chapter review...
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Socially just, intergenerational urban spaces should not only accommodate children and adolescents, but engage them as participants in the planning and design of welcoming spaces. With this goal, city agencies in Boulder, Colorado, the Boulder Valley School District, the Children, Youth and Environments Center at the University of Colorado, and a n...
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Across the United States, the movement to reconnect children with nature has grown immensely in the past decade. Many urban children are disconnected from nature, yet nature can provide many important benefits and freedoms for these same children. Biophilic cities seek to incorporate nature into urban life at many scales. Because nature can play an...
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Over the past few years, studies of children's environments have increasingly recognized the variation in children's experiences in shaping their learning, social development, and play (Holloway and Valentine, 2000; Matthews et al., 2000a; Matthews et al., 2000b; Punch, 2000). These studies remind us that children who grow up within a particular ph...
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In the Hispano homeland of northern New Mexico, children's lives are shaped by land, by family, by culture, and by community. The way these forces work together forms each child's sense of place and place attachments. Using short case examples, this article presents a brief overview of children's place experiences and preferences and describes some...
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Includes abstract. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Yale University, 2001. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 236-244). Photocopy.

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1. Providing design criteria for desirable green space to promote well-being with children of Sanandaj 2. Understanding the social-spatial components of neighborhood green spaces related to children's well-being 3. Providing an effective way for children to participate in the process of planning and designing green spaces 4. Providing 2D and 3D patterns and design policies and strategies for urban green spaces to promote children's well-being with them
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This edited volume will explore themes of young people’s connection to nature and place within a transnational and Latin American context. It will diversify, elaborate, and sometimes challenge the assumptions made in researching people and place, and will unearth the complexities of a world in which the identity of many is not shaped by a single place or culture, but instead by complex interactions among these. In so doing, it will reveal diverse ideas about how young people learn care and how care is conceptualized in different cultural contexts, ways that children are electing to participate and become active as they construct hope and justice in their communities, and how Latin American and Latinx youth and practitioners develop a relationship to the environment and come to commit to its lasting care. Its primary purposes are to both broaden and deepen our understanding of nature and culture within a Latin American transnational context and to inform the disciplines of environmental psychology, education, planning, geography, and sociology. The book will explore three central themes related to sense of place, identity, and environmental action. These include: i) young people’s sense of place in contemporary contexts; ii) sense of belonging, homeland nostalgia, and transnational identities, including among the 1.5 generation of young people who have immigrated to the United States as children or youth; and iii) learning and expressing care in diverse contexts, from indigenous communities to global climate activism. The ages of focus will vary from children in primary school through young adults and environmental professionals, but always with an eye towards how identities are formed, expressed, and speak to the above themes.