What did urban studies do for women? A systematic review of 40 years of research

What did urban studies do for women? A systematic review of 40 years of research
SNM Moghadam, M Rafieian
9/21/19 13:32
Habitat International
The present study is a general review of the published papers on women and the city with the aim of identifying knowledge gaps in the research. In order to achieve this goal, 275 papers were selected from 43 journals drawn from four data bases: Taylor and Francis; Wiley Online Library; Science Direct (Elsevier); and SAGE Libraries. The results of the paper suggest the United States of America and the United Kingdom have the highest number of papers in relation to women and the city, and in considering the period 1977–2019, the highest number of papers were published in the past 10 years. The knowledge gaps and debates which left behind are presented in five discussion documents which can be used for future research. These five documents include debates on the health and safety of women in cities; economic studies representing labour, migrants and poverty; social justice debates, and the road to the right to the city. The fifth document, at the end of this paper, presents a typology based on three aspects: theories of women in urban studies, ‘the theoretical debate’; the designer’s efforts create urban spaces in order to achieve urban inclusivity, ‘the form-of-city debate’; and the inclusion of women in future urban development planning processes together with emerging gender planning theory, ‘the planning process debate’.

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