Gender mainstreaming and spatial development: Contradictions and challenges

Lidewij Tummers-Mueller, Sylvette Denèfle, Heidrun Wankiewicz

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This chapter offers a critical reflection on the implementation of gender-aware
urbanism in European cities and regions. Building on the evaluations of
local projects (such as, for example, Schröder and Zibell, 2004), we look into
the frictions in urbanism’s response to gender mainstreaming and identify controversies and ambiguities that arise. In doing so, we aim to overcome the difficulties these controversies produce and to advance thinking about the
structural embedding of GM and long-term effective spatial strategies.
In this chapter we first introduce the background for our analyses and
different perspectives on the production of space; then we present the types of
controversies our research has found, and finally we discuss key elements to
overcome possible deadlocks and move towards innovating planning practice
based on feminist principles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGendered Approaches to Spatial Development in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives, Similarities, Differences
EditorsBarbara Zibell, Doris Damyanovic, Ulrike Sturm
PublisherRoutledge - Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780429503818
ISBN (Print)9781138587663
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Gender mainstreaming
  • planning theory

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