Department or Program

Environmental Studies


There is clear evidence that chronic increased artificial illumination can negatively impact many characteristics of human physiology, as well as social aspects of humans, specifically in the construction of human geographies. Children are often most vulnerable to the negative health effects associated with environmental hazards due to their physical, physiological, and cognitive immaturity. It is well-documented that adults have greater influence in the construction of urban geographies than do children, and thus have more power in determining how much urban skyglow is produced, as well as who is subjected to it. Urban skyglow--through its manipulation of urban nightscapes and its exclusion of children from night settings altogether--supports the adult ordering of urban children’s geographies. The maintained and growing existence of urban skyglow, the adult ordering of urban children’s geographies serves to disrupt children’s physiological and social development, thereby neglecting the physical and social wellbeing of urban children

Level of Access

Restricted: Campus/Bates Community Only Access

First Advisor

Sonja Pieck

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


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