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In it together! Cultivating space for intergenerational dialogue, empathy and hope in a climate of uncertainty.

Hayes, Tracy; Walker, Catherine; Parsons, Katie; Arya, Dena; Bowman, Benjamin; Germaine, Chloé; Lock, Raichael; Langford, Stephen; Peacock, Sean; Thew, Harriet


Tracy Hayes

Catherine Walker

Dena Arya

Benjamin Bowman

Chloé Germaine

Raichael Lock

Stephen Langford

Sean Peacock

Harriet Thew


The urgent and interlocking social, economic and ecological crises faced by societies around the world require dialogue, empathy and above all, hope that transcends social divides. At a time of uncertainty and crisis, many societies are divided, with distrust and divides exacerbated by media representations pitting different groups against one another. Acknowledging intersectional interrelationships, this collaborative paper considers one type of social distinction – generation – and focuses on how trust can be rebuilt across generations. To do this, we collate key insights from eight projects that shared space within a conference session foregrounding creative, intergenerational responses to the climate and related crises. Prompted by a set of reflective questions, presenters commented on the methodological resources that were co-developed in intergenerational research and action spaces. Most of the work outlined was carried out in the UK, situated in challenges that are at once particular to local contexts, and systematic of a wider malaise that requires intergenerational collaboration. Reflecting across the projects, we suggest fostering ongoing, empathetic dialogues across generations is key to addressing these challenges of the future, securing communities that are grounded as collaborative and culturally responsive, and resilient societies able to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of change.


Hayes, T., Walker, C., Parsons, K., Arya, D., Bowman, B., Germaine, C., …Thew, H. (in press). In it together! Cultivating space for intergenerational dialogue, empathy and hope in a climate of uncertainty. Children's Geographies,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 27, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 29, 2022
Deposit Date Sep 29, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Print ISSN 1473-3285
Publisher Routledge
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