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Dr Dena Aufseeser


Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Department of Geography and Environmental Systems, United States



Dena Aufseeser's research is concerned with the production of child poverty and inequality in a range of spaces. She takes a multiscalar approach to examine the relationship between children's rights and the governance of economically disadvantaged children, looking at how children manage, resist and rework the conditions of their daily lives. She examines questions related to migration, children's work and activism, and education, among other topics.



Towards a relational understanding of child poverty: Care and adverse inclusion among street-affiliated children in Peru. Geoforum, 114, 10-18. 2020. DOI

Mothering in the context of poverty: Disciplining Peruvian mothers through children’s rights. Feminist Encounters, 3(1-2), 2019. DOI

Placing the vulnerable subject: Re-theorizing Peruvian street children’s lives through an ethic of care. Social and Cultural Geography. 2018. DOI 10.1080/14649365.2018.1491618 

Challenging conceptions of young people as urban blight: Street children and youth’s ambiguous relationship with urban revitalization in Lima, Peru. Environment and Planning A 50(2). Published online November 2017. DOI 

Aufseeser, D., Bourdillon, M., Carothers, R., and LeCoufle, O. Children’s work and children’s well-being: Implications for policies. Development Policy Review, 36(3), Published online Jan 2017. DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12215

“Protecting” street children? Urban revitalization and regulation in Lima, Peru. Urban Geography, 35(6), 2014, pp.870-888.

Protection, control and rights: An in-depth look at Peru’s Begging Bill. International Journal of Children’s Rights, 22(2), 2014, pp.241-267


Children's rights, critical poverty studies, children's work, critical education studies
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