The Department is developing a research focus with a gender perspective in geographical analysis, especially in planning where gender analysis contributes to new explanations of planning policies and decisions. The Africa-oriented research provides particular reason to pay attention to gender relations and processes. One orientation is research with a spatial analysis of the concept of Gender Contract, which is tested as useful concept for understanding situations in different geographical context.

Gender analysis of urban planning

The urban environment and the urban structure are subject to gender-scientific analysis and review, for instance how public space is designed in a way that manifests the power relations between the sexes, and to what extent this creates (formal and/or informal) barriers and restrictions on women's use of public spaces. Through empirical studies this research analyses how gender and space are related and how this relation constructs gender-specific spaces and locations. The gender approach in planning research problematizes and analyses the impact of context-specific gender constructions in the urban and regional environments and its planning implications.

Regional Gender contracts

One area in which the Department is a national leader and has the potential to develop into an internationally prominent research environment is regional and spatial analysis with a gender perspective. The regional enlargement planning policy has significant effects on gender equality due to its central role for infrastructure planning. Daily lives, communications and local gender contracts are affected and renegotiated.

The regional planning is analysed from a gender analysis (perspective?) based on the living conditions that are characterized by gender-specific designs, both in metropolitan areas and in urban and rural regions. Of special interest are the constructions of homotopic planning organizations and policies, developed in the realm of governance/network planning.