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An international perspective of the gender dimension in planning for urban safety
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5302-1698
2012 (English)In: The urban fabric of crime and fear / [ed] Vania Ceccato, Springer Netherlands, 2012, 311-339 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to illustrate how gender is incorporated into urban planning practices when urban safety is the main goal. The empirical material is from case studies in Austria, Finland, Sweden and the UK gathered by semi-structured interview with key actors identified through a snowball sampling procedure. The case studies focus mostly on perceived safety in public places. Although the cases differ in nature and are embedded in different contexts, safety is often promoted by interventions that deal with the characteristics of the urban environment, either at the planning stage of new housing developments or making changes to existing neighbourhood features. The cases often employ participatory schemes and safety audits even where rational planning dominates. The article concludes by proposing an agenda that may be of relevance to planners and practitioners dealing with safety and gender issues at the municipal level.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Netherlands, 2012. 311-339 p.
Keyword [en]
safety, gender, urban planning, case studies
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-61645DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-4210-9_13ISBN: 978-94-007-4209-3OAI: diva2:479496

QC 20130823

Available from: 2012-01-17 Created: 2012-01-17 Last updated: 2014-02-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Engendering Spatial Planning: A Gender Perspective on Municipal Climate Change Response
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Engendering Spatial Planning: A Gender Perspective on Municipal Climate Change Response
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

While climate change mitigation has been on the agenda of spatial planning practitioners for over two decades, adaptation has only become influential in spatial planning practice in recent years. This trend is evident not only at the municipal levelbut also at the regional and national levels. The revised planning and building law from 2011 states that municipalities must consider climate change. In parallel, a body of research focusing on the relationship between gender and concern for environmental and climate change and arguing that women are more concerned and proactive with respect to environmental issues has emerged. However, this research has been criticized for being essentialist and for stigmatizing women and men. The long-term aim of the present dissertation is to contribute to knowledge on how a gender perspective on municipal spatial planning can contribute to efficient and well-informed climate change response, as well as on how a gender perspective, as an analytical framework, can be developed to analyze, on the one hand, spatial planning related to climate change and, on the other, spatial planning more generally. One of the main contributions of my dissertation is to demonstrate that, by including a gender perspective in municipal climate change response, aspects that may be important for achieving efficient and well-informed spatial planning related to climate change response that are not typically prioritized can be afforded prominent places on the agenda. In this dissertation, I refer to these aspects as feminine values and perspectives—or attributes. I also contribute to the development of an analytical framework that can be used by policy makers and scientists to assess how a gender perspective is and can be integrated within municipal spatial planning processes related to climate change response, as well as spatial planning more generally. Furthermore, in addition to the development of efficient and well-informed responses, a dimension of gender equality must be considered. My dissertation contributes to the understanding that planners who adopt a gender perspective must consider the general level of gender equality in a country. Although the primary objective of this dissertation is to contribute to the development of efficient and well-informed policy, issues of equality and democracy cannot be overlooked. As I argue in my dissertation, participatory approaches to spatial planning are imperative for municipal efforts related to climate change. Nonetheless, participatory approaches require spatial planners to ensure that democracy and equality, on the one hand, and efficient and well-informed policy delivery, on the other, do not conflict.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. 68 p.
TRITA-SOM, ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2013:14
Spatial planning, climate change, gender perspective
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-141206 (URN)978-91-7501-902-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-03-28, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)

QC 20140214

Available from: 2014-02-14 Created: 2014-02-12 Last updated: 2014-02-14Bibliographically approved

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