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Gendered Approaches to Spatial Development in Europe

Perspectives, Similarities, Differences, 1st Edition

Edited by Barbara Zibell, Doris Damyanovic, Ulrike Sturm


248 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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This book explores the extent to which gendered approaches are evident and effective in spatial development in selected European countries.

Beginning with an introduction to theories and concepts of gender, space and development, the book includes a brief historical review of gender in spatial planning and development throughout Europe in general, and an overview of different national frameworks in European countries, comparing legal, organisational and cultural similarities and differences. This is followed by a critical reflection on how simplifications and stereotypes of gender concepts are used in the practice of spatial development. The main part of the book offers a transnational discussion of planning practices on selected thematic topics. It starts with gender-sensitivity in urban master planning and at neighbourhood level referring to different types of planning manuals. Furthermore, the book focuses on gender-sensitive evaluation in urban planning as well as international agendas for sustainable development as a framework for a new generation of gender equality policies. The chapter authors assert that climate change, migration and austerity have threatened gender equality and therefore spatial development needs to be especially alert to gender dimensions. The editors end with an outlook and suggestions for further action and research on gender issues in spatial development.

With inputs from some of Europe’s leading thinkers on gender, space and development, this volume is designed to inspire students, scholars and practitioners to reflect upon the contribution that gendered approaches can make in the various fields of spatial development and environmental planning.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Contributors


Sabine Hofmeister and Susan Fainstein

Editorial: Why Gender Still Matters in Spatial Development

Barbara Zibell, Doris Damyanovic and Ulrike Sturm

1. Gender, Space and Development: An Introduction to Concepts and Debates

Sandra Huning, Tanja Mölders and Barbara Zibell

2. International and National Perspectives: Similarities and Differences

Brief Historical Review of Gendered Approaches in Spatial Development and Planning

Doris Damyanovic and Barbara Zibell

Selected European perspectives: Planning systems and Gender Issues in Nine European Countries

Stephanie Tuggener and Barbara Zibell

Insights from the Comparison

Stephanie Tuggener, Barbara Zibell and Ulrike Sturm

3. Gender Mainstreaming and Spatial Development – Contradictions and Challenges

Lidewij Tummers, Sylvette Denefle and Heidrun Wankiewicz

4. Gender Sensitivity in Urban Development Concepts – The Example of two Case Studies from London and Vienna

Florian Reinwald, Marion Roberts and Eva Kail

5. Gender Sensitivity in Neighbourhood Planning: the Example of Case Studies from Vienna and Zurich

Ulrike Sturm, Stephanie Tuggener, Doris Damyanovic and Eva Kail

6. Evaluation of Spatial Development from the Gender+ Perspective: A Methodological Proposal

Liisa Horelli and Doris Damyanovic

7. A New Generation of Gender Mainstreaming in Spatial and Urban Planning under the New International Framework of Policies for Sustainable Development

Inés Sánchez de Madariaga and Inés Novella Abril

8. Contemporary Challenges in Spatial Development

Susan Buckingham and Sasa Lada

9. Conclusions and Perspectives

Zibell, Barbara; Damyanovic, Doris; Sturm, Ulrike



About the Editors

Barbara Zibell is Professor of Sociology in Architecture and Women's Studies, Head of the Department of Sociology of Planning and Architecture and President of the Forum for Gender Competence in Architecture Landscape Planning (gender_archland) at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany.

Doris Damyanovic is Associate Professor and Deputy Head at the Institute of Landscape Planning, Department of Spatial, Landscape and Spatial Science at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria.

Ulrike Sturm is Professor and Head of the Institute of Sociocultural Development at the School of Social Work and Co-Head of the Interdisciplinary Cluster Spatial Development & Social Cohesion at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Gender and Environments

Until October 2015, Susan Buckingham was Professor in the Centre for Human Geography at Brunel University, where she had extensive programme development, teaching and research experience. Susan is now working as an independent researcher, consultant and writer on gender and environment related issues.


With the European Union, United Nations, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and national governments and businesses at least ostensibly paying more attention to gender, including as it relates to environments, there is more need than ever for existing and future scholars, policy makers, and environmental professionals to understand and be able to apply these concepts to work towards greater gender equality in and for a sustainable world.

Comprising edited collections, monographs and textbooks, this new Routledge Studies in Gender and Environments series will incorporate sophisticated critiques and theorisations, including engaging with the full range of masculinities and femininities, intersectionality, and LBGTIQ perspectives. The concept of ‘environment’ will also be drawn broadly to recognise how built, social and natural environments intersect with and influence each other. Contributions will also be sought from global regions and contexts which are not yet well represented in gender and environments literature, in particular Russia, the Middle East, and China, as well as other East Asian countries such as Japan and Korea.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Annabelle Harris, Editor for Environment and Sustainability: 

International Editorial Board

Margaret Alston is Professor of Social Work and Head of Department at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Giovanna Di Chiro is Professor of Environmental Studies and teaches in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Swarthmore College, USA.

Marjorie Griffin Cohen is an economist who is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, Canada.  

Martin Hultman is a Senior Lecturer at Linköping University, Sweden.

Virginie Le Masson is a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, London, UK.

Sherilyn MacGregor is a Reader in Environmental Politics at the University of Manchester, UK.

Tanja Mölders is an environmental scientist. Since 2013 she is University Professor and holds the chair "Space and Gender" at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.

Karen Morrow is Professor of Environmental Law at Swansea University, UK.

Marion Roberts is Professor of Urban Design at Westminster University, UK.



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies