Planning for the Unexpected: Barriers to Young People's Participation in Planning in Disadvantaged Communities

Severcan Y. C.

INTERNATIONAL PLANNING STUDIES, vol.20, pp.251-269, 2015 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13563475.2014.985195
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.251-269
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper discusses barriers to civic engagement of disadvantaged young people that we observed in the course of a child-friendly city project in Turkey. It also emphasizes the importance of being prepared to overcome such barriers, some of which were quite unexpected. Results show that many of the unexpected issues are the outcome of poverty, illiteracy, lack of ethics, inexperience of project managers, conflicting political interests and sense of insecurity. The paper concludes with suggestions for researchers and policy-makers on how to overcome such unforeseen barriers to child and youth participation in disadvantaged communities.