Hannah MitchellEngagement Coordinator, Child Friendly Cities

Hannah is a social scientist specializing in sustainable transport and child-friendly practices, with a career mostly based in New Zealand, with stints of time in Edinburgh, Dublin and Sydney.

Hannah worked as New Zealand’s first Child Friendly Cities Coordinator (2012-2016), where she led her home town ‘Whangarei’ to become the first city in New Zealand to declare their intention to become a ‘Child Friendly City’ with UNICEF. Child Friendly Cities is a UNICEF program that uses children’s rights to help shape city practices and involves coordination of state and city organisations.

Hannah previously worked with Auckland Transport on urban transport planning in schools in New Zealand, worked with Vipre Ltd to develop Business Travel Plans (BTPs) in Ireland and Scotland. These BTPs sought to reduce car dependency with workers, encouraging workers to catch trains, buses, cycle or walk to and from work. Hannah also developed environment and engagement programs with children and adults including “Earth Calling”, and “Edinburgh Community Backgreens Association in Scotland.

Working with organisations to help understand child and youth perspectives and incorporate these into daily work practices is something Hannah loves. Hannah helped develop a number of tools to help this process get under way, guiding organisations to become more child friendly in their practices.

Hannah currently manages engage2’s social media streams and other engagement coordination work on a part-time basis, whilst being a mum and working on interactive art installations.

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