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Women and Planning in the UK Conference


This conference seeks to develop a conversation between academics and practitioners, and those in-between, and to develop a network of those interested in women and planning in the UK.

Women and feminism in planning in the UK has a history. Following on from the wider women’s liberation movement, the feminist organisations Women’s Design Service and Matrix architects both focused on the impact of planning and design on women’s lives (Berglund with Wallace, 2016). Greed’s (1994) ground-breaking Women and Planning text, alongside Little’s (1994) work on gender and the planning policy process brought academic engagement to the issues and innovations highlighted.The early 2000s saw the establishment of gender mainstreaming in the UK, the impact of which on planning has been explored and critiqued (Greed, 2005; Reeves, 2002). More recently connections have been made between gender and rights to the city (Beebeejaun, 2017).

Over recent years there has been a reinvigoration of interest in women in planning in the UK. In 2012 the Women in Planning and Urbanistas networks were founded, focusing on increasing women’s voices within planning and broader urban concerns. More recently, the RTPI launched its online gender and planning ‘one stop shop’, whilst The Planner magazine launched its annual ‘Women of Influence’ listing. The impact of gender mainstreaming on planning continues to be of interest (Roberts and Sanchez de Madriaga, 2013; Sanchez de Madriaga and Neuman, 2016). Indeed, in November 2018 the RTPI published a diversity vision statement (re)highlighting relevance to the profession. It is in this context that an exploration of women and planning is timely.

This conference seeks to develop a conversation between academics and practitioners, and those in-between, and to develop a network of those interested in women and planning in the UK.

Papers are invited from academics and practitioners engaging with areas such as:

• Histories of women and planning

• Intergenerational conversations about women and planning

• Women and planning consciousness raising

• The impact of gender mainstreaming on planning

• Women and planning policy

• Innovations in practice addressing discrimination against women

• The role of networks in supporting women in planning

• Learning from initiatives outside of the UK

• Barriers to and successes of feminist planning

• (Re)conceptualising feminist planning

• Other suggestions relating to the theme are welcome

 

Diversity in the format of papers is welcomed. For any questions or preliminary discussions, please contact Dr Karen Horwood, Leeds Beckett University k.horwood@leedsbeckett.ac.uk


Event Details

20 May 2019 -
21 May 2019
09:00 - 17:00
The Leeds Planning School, School of Built Environment and Engineering, Leeds Beckett University
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