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Thomas Sharpe Lecture: 'Engendering the city we need? Overcoming the barriers' by Professor Emeritus Marion Roberts.

Date/Time: 1 March 2018, 17.30 - 19.00

Venue: Newcastle University Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building

In this lecture, Marion Roberts will review the ideas and legacy of the movement to embed sensitivity to gender issues in town planning and urban design. While this movement has languished in the recent past a resurgence of feminism at grass roots level in the UK has provoked renewed interest from a younger generation. The review will highlight inspirational examples of good practice in planning and urban design from within the European Union and the global south, as well as the small local gains made in everyday practice. This sets the scene for outlining the renewed challenges that planners and architects face in bringing awareness and understanding of gender issues into the global development industry.

Marion Roberts is Professor Emeritus of Urban Design at the University of Westminster. 

She was educated as an architect at University College London and following some years in practice as a community architect, took her PhD at Cardiff University, combining social policy and architecture in a study of gender divisions and housing design.

Her externally funded research and writing has covered the following areas:

  • Gender divisions in urban planning and design
  • Cultural regeneration and urban design
  • The night-time economy and cities

Marion taught at the University of Westminster for nearly three decades, educating successive cohorts of international Masters’ students in urban design and planning.

She has been a member of the Matrix group of feminist architects, served as a Trustee for the Women's Design Service and was co-leader of the working group on cities for the European Commission funded COST network genderSTE. Marion is currently working with a European network of scholars on a book on gender and spatial development, supported by the Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung.