Socio-spatial experiences of Syrian children and families living in refugee camps: A mixed-methods study of mobility and well-being

Dr. Bree Akesson

Due to the sudden arrival of large numbers of Syrian families, refugee camps have developed rapidly, without attention to the socio-spatial implications of the refugee camp for children and families. In addition to the challenges of forced migration, everyday conditions in the camps are extremely difficult for refugee families. Everyday mobilities—such as access to home, school, play spaces, and social networks—are severely disrupted and compromised. Children may have decreased access to education, health services, and extended peer and social networks, compromising their physical and mental well-being as they find themselves trapped in their homes. Nevertheless, few studies have examined how the everyday mobilities of children and families are affected by war, especially within a refugee camp context. The proposed research project fills this gap in the current knowledge base by exploring the everyday mobilities of children and families living in refugee camps. Using place-based mixed methods including narrative, mapmaking, photography, and neighborhood walks, this research asks, What are children’s socio-spatial experiences and mobility patterns when living in refugee camps?

For more information please contact project lead Dr. Bree Akesson ([email protected])