Ulrike Sturm, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts & ARL – Academy of Territorial Development in the Leibniz- Association
In view of the pressing socio-ecological crises, the sustainable development of cities represents a central challenge for spatial planning. But theoretical as well as practical debates about sustainable urban development lack a crucial perspective: gender and intersectional dimensions of spatiality in the sense of power relations. This is surprising insofar as extensive work on the integration of gender+-perspectives in (spatial) transformation processes exists both in the field of "gender and sustainability" and in the field of "gender and spatial development". Our special session addresses this gap by highlighting critical perspectives as well as visionary contributions of both, gender and intersectionality studies as well as of gender reflected disciplinary research in and for sustainable spatial development. Beyond the thematic contributions from the fields of urban economy, climate change, transformation of infrastructure systems and mobility the session contributes to the reflection and reformulation of sustainable urban regions.
The session is a joint event of the two international working groups “Gender and Climate – Just Cities and Urban Regions” and “Gender and Spatial Transformation” of ARL – Academy of Territorial Development in the Leibniz-Association. The ARL is an independent, non-partisan institution for the spatial sciences under public law, based in Hanover, Germany and member of AESOP.
Keywords: Gender, intersectionality, socio-ecological transformation, climate change, infrastructure and mobility