Town Planning Review

Grounds for future gendered urban agendas: policy patterns and practice implications

Town Planning Review (2016), 87, (5), 589–606.

Abstract

This paper takes the international debates of the UN and the EU regarding a New Urban Agenda as its starting point for reconceptualising a gendered urban agenda for the twenty-first century. While recalling the controversial debate on the implementation of a ‘gender mainstreaming strategy’, the paper reflects on the need to reconceptualise gender as a constitutive versus nominal essence to advance the debate. Theoretical criteria are suggested that mirror the complexity of gendered practices and create the conditions for their flourishing. These are further explicated for their policy relevance. The domains addressed include (inter)urban connectivity and the question of women’s food-growing/agriculture in a city-region context. Gender-sensitive policies, inspired by an analysis of an urban life experiment in Mondeggi, Italy, are suggested.

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Perrone, Camilla