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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.

The Women and Planning two day conference, to be held 20/21 May 2019 at The Leeds Planning School, seeks to further develop to the conversation around the need for diversity in the planning profession.  It will bring 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.

Diversity in planning has seen increasing interest within both the planning profession and academia.  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.  It is in this context that this conference is timely.

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. The conference programme will include keynote talks, paper presentations and panel discussions.  There will also be space in the programme for conversation and discussion from all participants.

Keynote speakers include:

Sue Manns FRTPI (Vice President RTPI)

Prof. Clara Greed (University of the West of England)

Prof. Marion Roberts (University of the Westminster)

With contributions from:

Prof. Aude Bicquelet (Deputy Head of Policy and Research, RTPI)

Bri Gauger (University of Michigan)

Liane Hartley (Co-founder of Urbanistas)

Dr Karen Horwood (The Leeds Planning School, Leeds Beckett University)

Charlotte Morphet MRTPI (Co-founder of Women in Planning)

Prof. Janice Morphet (Bartlett School of Planning UCL)

Dr. Şule Nişancioğlu (Women and Planning)

Natalya Palit MRTPI (Winner of the 2019 RTPI George Pepler International Award)

Conference themes include:

Reflections on the past achievements of women and planning movements in the UK, and US and Canada
Where the future of women and planning is heading
The success (or otherwise) of planning policy and practice interventions

For more information on the papers, please click here. 

Down-load a copy of the event draft programme.

Conference fee

Early bird (up to 20th April)                  £100

Standard                                             £120

Low wage                                            £50

With thanks for the Planning and Environment Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society, we are able to offer two full bursaries for attendance in the low wage category.  Please contact k.horwood@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for more information.

The conference fee includes access to conference facilities, breakfast, lunch and refreshments on both days.

Travel and accommodation

For more information on traveling to the venue and local accommodation, please click here. 

Contact details

For any further information please contact Dr Karen Horwood, the conference organiser, at 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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