Major: Ph.D. in childhood studies
Residence: Collingswood
Hometown: Paris

Paris native Clovis Bergère is one of two recipients of the prestigious David K. Sengstack Graduate Fellowship for 2014-15. Endowed by the David K. Sengstack Foundation, the fellowship supports the best and brightest graduate students as they study childhood while pursuing their doctoral degrees at Rutgers–Camden in the nation’s first Ph.D. program in childhood studies.

Bergère focuses his doctoral studies on the complex relationship between youth and their urban environments, and the array of social issues that arise from this confluence.

“I’ve seen these issues from both sides now. There still needs to be much more research done focusing on youth in the city, as well as examining these issues on a global scale.”

Prior to pursuing his doctorate, he gained considerable experience working for non-government organizations (NGOs) and local government. He served as an English and computer teacher at a vocational school in Guinea, West Africa, and subsequently as a project leader for Plan International, a United Kingdom-based NGO, helping to introduce new computer networks and connect students in Africa and the U.K.

Bergère then worked for more than seven years in the public sector in London, most notably in the areas of children’s play and development. Most recently, he served as a project manager for the London Borough of Lambeth, overseeing the building of 29 playgrounds throughout the poorest areas of the borough.

In addition to pursuing his doctorate, Bergère serves as a graduate assistant at Rutgers–Camden. The Collingswood resident earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from London Guildhall University and a master’s degree in environment and development from King’s College London.