Lia Karsten is an Associate Professor in urban geographies at the University of Amsterdam/AISSR. Her research interests include three interrelated topics: children’s geographies, changing family life, and in/exclusion in public space. Over the last decade, she published many articles and several books on changing childhood in The Netherlands. Together with her Ph.D. students, she completed studies on the division of tasks within families, the rise of dual-location households, and the reclaiming of the city by middle-class families. Karsten is particularly interested in exploring new forms of childhood and family life in the context of the growing density in cities. Over the years, she has been engaged in several projects regarding the (gendered) use of urban public space in parks, pubs, playgrounds, and squares. Karsten has been successful in receiving grants from the National Research Council and several NGOs. She is a Member of the International Advisory Boards of the British journal Children's Geographies and of the American journal Children, Youth and Environments (CYE). Besides her job at the university, she is working as a consultant on policy-directed studies and advisory projects.
Biography Updated on 1 June 2010