Petra Leisenring Doan Author of Evaluating Organization Development
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Petra Leisenring Doan

Professor
Florida State University

My main interests are in planning for less developed communities in both the US and overseas (Jordan, Egypt, Togo, Niger, and Botswana). In the US context I examine the tyranny of gendered planning and its social and economic impact on sexual and gender minorities, with a special focus on lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender communities.

Biography

My service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa stimulated a lifelong interest in planning for less developed communities in both the US and overseas (Jordan, Egypt, Togo, Niger, and Botswana).

As an openly transgendered woman, I am very interested in the ways that planning can have an impact on LGBTQ populations. I have papers in Gender Place and Culture that explore transgendered perceptions of cities and public spaces and have published numerous other articles in Journal of Planning Education and Research, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Environment and Planning A, and International Development Planning Review.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    urban planning, gender analysis, community planning techniques, participatory development strategies

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Planning and LGBTQ Communities DOAN - 1st Edition book cover

Videos

The tyranny of gender and the importance of inclusive safe spaces in cties

Published: Dec 04, 2014

You tube video of my TEDxFSU talk. This talk integrates my life experiences as an out transgendered woman with my reflections on my profession as an urban planning and professor. I first explore why the Tyranny of Gender is the source of so much misunderstanding and unfortunate results. Then I use a set of auto-ethnographic reflections to illustrate why safe spaces are an essential component of urban areas.