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Gendered Approaches to Spatial Development in Europe
Perspectives, Similarities, Differences

ISBN 9781138587663
Published April 10, 2019 by Routledge
248 Pages - 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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



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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.