Engineering Cities: A Gender Lens 

Cities today face complex challenges, such as rapid population growth, crumbling infrastructure, catastrophic climate change, and increasing inequality. Fundamental assumptions underpinning modern engineering process are insufficient for tackling these problems. For example, how are issues of gender, sexuality, race, class, physical ability/disability, or consideration for vulnerable, disenfranchised groups at the heart of engineering practice and decision making?


Our research asks how a better understanding and inclusion of gender could transform the practice of engineering. There are three components:

  • The first focuses on how gender is understood and the extent to which it is incorporated (or not incorporated) in the engineering design process,

  • The second focuses on the implications this has on engineering outcomes

  • The third focuses on how explicitly incorporating the ‘gender lens’ in the process of engineering design and problem structuring would transform engineering practise itself.

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