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Mr Roberto S. Salva

Roberto S.

PhD candidate, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, United States



Roberto S. Salva is a doctoral candidate in social policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. His dissertation focuses on children’s development in their participation rights using mixed multilevel methods to look at the non/participation of students from newsletters of randomly sampled middle and high schools across the US. In 2021, he led the design and process of the consultations with children and youth in 11 countries from Asia and the Pacific on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in 2021. Before coming to the US for his PhD, he led the baseline study on child participation in the ASEAN and its ten member states; drafted guidelines on child participation for ACWC (ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children); peer reviewed the Philippine study on violence against children, and consulted for various non-profits including The Asia Foundation, Save the Children, and Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation. Before that, he led a non-profit for the deaf in the Philippines for six years.



Salva, R. S. (2023). The nonā€protesting children in the 2018 Parkland school shooting protests and their freedom not to express views in child participation spaces. Children & Society00, 1–20.

Salva, R. S. (2022). Children on their Participation, Nature, Competence, Rights, and Difference from Adults in the 2018 Parkland School Shooting Protests. International Journal of Children’s Rights, 30(4), 1021–1047.

Kapwa child participation, kapwa childhood, and a path towards the indigenisation and expansion of international agreements (DOI: 10.1080/23802014.2022.2043772)


Child participation, children's participation in policy, politics, and governance, indigenous childhoods, social policy, private-public collaboration, ASEAN, Philippines
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