Professor Irene Rizzini received her Master's degree at the University of Chicago (School of Social Service Administration) and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Rio de Janeiro Institute of Research (IUPERJ), Brazil. She is currently a professor and researcher at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC, Department of Social Work). In 1984, Professor Rizzini founded the Center for Research on Children (CESPI) which has become the International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood (CIESPI) at PUC. Professor Rizzini is the President of Childwatch International Research Network (Norway). She also serves as member of the editorial board of several journals, among which are Childhood: a Global Journal of Child Research, Sage Publications, and the International Journal of Social Welfare, University of Stockholm, Sweden and University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Professor Rizzini has been working for many years with a number of organizations that are responsible for social policies and programs for children in Brazil and abroad, including government departments with responsibility for children in the Federal Government of Brazil, and several Brazilian state governments and municipalities, and a number of nonprofit research and policy centers in Brazil and abroad.
Irene Rizzini held the visiting chair in Brazilian Cultural Studies at the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2006, and was appointed a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow in 2008. Professor Rizzini is the author of several books, among which are: Globalization and children; The art of governing children: the history of social policies, legislation and child welfare in Brazil; Desinherited from society: street children in Latin America; The lost century: the historical roots of public policies on children in Brazil; Images of the child in Brazil: 19th and 20th centuries; Children and the law in Brazil- revisiting the History (1822-2000); Niños, adolescentes, marginalidad y violencia en América Latina y el Caribe: relaciones indisociables?.
Professor Irene Rizzini
Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Departamento de Serviço Social
Rua Marques de São Vicente, 225
CEP 22453-900 - Gávea - Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Brasil
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