Karen convened the Women and Planning conference held at the Leeds Planning School in 2019, kindly sponsored by WYG.  This conference sought to further develop the conversation about women and planning, bringing together academics and practitioners, and those in between, to discuss the histories of women and planning, issues facing gender diversity in planning today, and ambitions for the future.  The conference was live tweeted at #WaP2019. 

Karen’s nominators for the award said of her work:

"Dr Horwood has been at the forefront of putting women in planning back on the agenda for planning in professional and academic contexts. In Summer 2019 she hosted a pivotal conference in Leeds ‘Women and Planning’ that brought different generations of professional and academic planners together for the first time. This event has been instrumental in producing a wave of conversations, collaborations and research, which is shifting the context for planning careers, practice and policy."

"At the conference, it was clear to see Karen is inspiration and huge support to her students - who came out in force to support her in delivering the event." 

During the conference the Women and Planning Research Group (WaPRG) was launched, which will continue this research conversation.  Dr Karen Horwood is editing a special edition of Town Planning Review which will feature papers from the conference.

Karen’s own research focuses on the extent to which insights into women’s needs in the built environment have impacted on the profession and its planning activity.  She is also particularly interested in capturing the history of women and planning, the stories of its proponents and how perspectives across time and place can inform one another.  Karen is working to further build this conversation.

The Leeds Planning School at Leeds Beckett University has invested in this research through awarding two Women and Planning research bursaries. The Women and Planning research bursaries are part of a package to celebrate the launch of the new professional doctorate programme in the School of the Built Environment, Engineering and Computing.

Karen tweets at @karenhhorwood and has a mailing list at https://mailchi.mp/bd835c9440db/waprg. She is organising a women and planning session at this year’s UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference

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