Copyright Karen Malone
Assembled in a forest in the hinterlands of the Gold Coast, Australia, in 2015, 20 scholars gathered for a colloquium on childhood nature. The concept of “childhoodnature” evolved during conversations by Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, Malone, and Barratt Hacking on the intent of the handbook. The concept reflected their own underpinning beliefs, current innovative approaches in the field of childhood and nature, that includeddichtonmous views and the critique and decentering of dominant anthropocentric and of nature and humans. Once the ideas and imaginaries of the concept had been nurtured and then flourished in eight sections a children’s companion amounting to 81 chapters, the International Research Handbook on Childhoodnature came into being.