Reilly Bergin Wilson

 
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Reilly is a research associate at the Children's Environments Research Group at the Center for Human Environments and a doctoral candidate in Environmental Psychology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York and a current Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Fellow. She is also a co-founder and the former Board Chair of Play:groundNYC Inc., a New York City non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of children through the production of playworker-run environments. Reilly holds a Masters by Research in Geography from the University of Leeds, and is a former National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and US-UK Fulbright Fellow. Her research and play advocacy has been featured in national and local press, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, CBS News, Truthout, USA Today, and DISEGNO.

 
 
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education

 
 

Doctoral

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY DOCTORAL PROGRAM, 2014-2020

The Graduate Center, City University of New York

 

Masters by Research

M.A. BY RESEARCH IN GEOGRAPHY WITH DISTINCTION, 2014

University of Leeds, U.K

Thesis: Who Owns the Playground? Space and power at Lollard Adventure Playground

 

Bachelors

HONORS B.A. IN GEOGRAPHY & URBAN STUDIES, 2015                  

Temple University

Honors Scholar Thesis: Plastic Promises: A critical look at publicly-accessible playground provision and access in Bihac, BiH

 
 
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Field Research

 
 

United states

NEW YORK CITY, NY, 2015: Archive data collection at the Avery Library at Columbia University and the Department of Archives and Manuscripts at the New York Public Library

MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, MN, 2015: Archive data collection at the Social Welfare Archives at the University of Minnesota and at the Minnesota Historical Society

 
 

United kingdom

LONDON, 2013: Archive data collection at the Children’s Information Service at the National Children’s Bureau

WARWICK, 2013: Archive data collection at the Modern Records Center of the University of Warwick

 
 

BOSNIA

BIHAĆ, 2019: Participant mapping, interviews, and public document analysis

BIHAĆ, 2011-2012: Ethnographic observation, interviews, photography, and public document analysis

BIHAĆ, JAJCE, & SARAJEVO, 2011: Ethnographic observation, photography, and public document analysis

 
 
 
 
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AWARDS & GRANTS

2018

Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Fellowship

University of Pittsburgh Summer Language Institute

2017

City University of New York Doctoral Student Research Grant

British Council Education U.K. Alumni Award Finalist

University of Pittsburgh Summer Language Institute Scholarship

2016

University of Pittsburgh Summer Language Institute Scholarship

City University of New York Conference Presentation Travel Award

2014-2017

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

2013-2014

US-UK Fulbright/Leeds Partnership Award

2012

National Science Foundation/Association of American Geographers Research Grant

2011

Temple University Creative Arts, Research And Scholarship Grant

 
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CONSULTING

 
 

RESEARCH

Reilly has experience includes qualitative research design, data collection, and analysis. Her data collection specialties in archival research, interviews, questionnaires, photography, participant observation, and activity mapping. She is well-trained in narrative, content, network, and visual analysis techniques.

 

ADVISING on the Production of Play ENVIRONMENTS

Reilly's experience researching and producing child-led play environments makes her an ideal advisor for any individual or organization seeking to produce or improve spaces designed for children to take ownership of their play. She can provide useful insights and feedback on design features, obtaining insurance, accessing materials, site selection, and child development best practices.

PROGRAM EVALUATION

Reilly is able to provide critical feedback on the design and delivery of physical, digital, and interpersonal content in projects aimed at supporting both play and play advocacy. Through program evaluation, she can help you to identify practical steps that organizations can take to improve their projects and the services they offer.

 

Speaking engagements

Reilly is an engaging public speaker who is able to adapt her presentations to a range of audiences, including schools, parents, play advocates, community organizations, and academic conferences. In particular, Reilly bridges academic research and social analysis with real world experience when speaking about the process of producing and maintaining opportunities for adventure play in the United States.