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Gender and Planning

Young Mother , Vienna Credit Flickr Db 26b 73

Vienna, Austria. Photo credit: Flickr/YDb26b73


Women in Planning: Connects women working in the town and spatial planning profession, providing a platform for networking and raises the profile of female planners in the industry. @WomeninPlanning

Urbanistas: women-led network amplifying the voices of women to make cities better for everyone. @urbanistasUK

Planning Out: network that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) professionals in the public sector. @planningout

Blog posts

Cities: the other dimension (26 April 2016)

Clara Greed, Charlotte Morphet, Maria Wiedner, and Liane Hartley argue that diversity in the built environment will change cities for the better by adding another lens to development decisions.

Making Cities Better for Women (8 March 2016)

On International Women's Day 2016, Victoria Pinoncely reflects on the gender dimensions of the built environment and the role all planners must play in creating better places for women.

Why does the RTPI champion diversity? (26 January 2016)

RTPI Chief Executive Trudi Elliott considers the importance of diversity in the built environment sector.

Making it happen - celebrating International Women's Day (19 March 2015)

Roisin Willmott reflects on International Women's Day on the gender balance among planners.


Reeves, D. E. (2014), 'Putting women and gender in the frame -- A consideration of gender in the Global Report on Human Settlement Planning Sustainable Cities 2009', Habitat International, 43, pp. 293-298.

Lacey, A., Miller, R., Reeves, D., & Tankel, Y. (2013). From gender mainstreaming to intersectionality: Advances in achieving inclusive and safe cities. In C. Whitzman, C. Legacy, C. Andrew, F. Klodawsky, M. Shaw, K. Viswanath (Eds.) Building Inclusive Cities: Women's Safety and the Right to the City (pp. 143-161). London: Routledge.

Greed, C. Women and Planning: Creating Gendered Realities (1994). London: Routledge.

In Planning Theory and Practice:

Whitzman, C. (2011), Half-Full or Half-Empty? Planning for Women's safety in Victoria, Australia, Planning Theory and Practice, 12 (3), pp. 367-385

Kallus, R., Churchman, A. (2007), Women's struggle for urban safety: the Canadian experience and its applicability to the urban context, Planning Theory and Practice, 5 (2), pp. 197-215.

Hendler, S. (2006), Towards a Feminist Code of Planning Ethics, Planning Theory and Practice, 6 (1), pp. 53-69.

Whitzman, C. (2007), The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner: Long-term Feminist Planning Initiatives in London, Melbourne, Montréal and Toronto, Planning Theory and Practice, 8 (2), pp. 205-227.

Common Secretariat paper (2009) Gender in Planning and Urban development

RTPI publications

Gender and Spatial Planning (2007) Spatial planning can only deliver a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for all if it is sensitive to all needs. This note examines definitions of equality and the key gender issues affecting spatial planning.

A place for everyone? Gender equality and urban planning (briefing commissioned by Oxfam, 2007)

Gender Equality and Plan Making: The Gender Mainstreaming Toolkit (2003) Provides advice to planners on the best available tools to mainstream gender.

Planning for Women – Practice Advice Note (1995)

The Employment of Women in the Planning Profession (1988)

 The RTPI Code of Professional Conduct states on equality on respect that:

  • Members  must  not  discriminate  on  grounds  including  but  not  limited  to  race,  nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability or age.
  • Members  must  seek  to  eliminate  discrimination  by  others  and  promote  equality  of opportunity throughout their professional activities.

The RTPI sits on the Construction Industry Council (CIC) Diversity Panel.