Innoasis Science Talks: The Feminist City

How can we build more just and sustainable cities together? – Feminist perspectives.

How can we ensure that sustainable cities are equitable cities? A feminist perspective on city planning and design makes visible the ways that cities have too often failed to provide access for all. As we prioritise sustainability, we must find creative ways to keep equity at the heart of our sustainability objectives.


Leslie Kern is the author of two books on gender and cities, including Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World (Verso). She holds a PhD in women’s studies from York University. Currently an associate professor of geography and environment and director of women’s and gender studies at Mount Allison University, Kern writes about gender, gentrification, and feminism and teaches urban, social, and feminist geography. Her research has received a National Housing Studies Achievement Award and a Fulbright Scholar Award. Kern currently lives in the territory of Mi’kmaqi in the town of Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.

Kern’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion.

Panel Discussion

The panel discussion will bring perspectives from city planning in Barcelona, opportunities created by enhancing democratic participation in urban development and how to create a society for all, where people with disabilities have equal opportunities to live according to their wishes, abilities and interests.

This BBC report introduces panelist Sara Ortiz Escalante and the work her organisation Col·lectiu Punt 6 has worked in Barcelona.


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Sara Ortiz Escalante is a feminist activist and urban planner. Sara received a PhD in Planning by the University of British Columbia with the dissertation “Planning the everyday/everynight: a feminist participatory action research with women nightshift workers”. Sara is a member of Col·lectiu Punt 6, a cooperative of sociologists, planners and architects based in Barcelona applying an intersectional feminist perspective to urban planning. Based in Barcelona, Col·lectiu Punt 6 has more than 15 years of experience working nationally and internationally. They develop urban planning and architecture projects, participatory processes, capacity building, teaching and research. In November 2019, they published “Urbanismo Feminista. Por una Transformación Radical de los Espacios de Vida”. They have published multiple materials and guides to apply a feminist perspective in different aspects of design and planning.

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Ole Pedersen is a social entrepreneur running his own social enterprise Nedenfra / From below. From below aims at creating opportunities for and enhancing democratic participation in urban development. Pedersen has an evolutionary approach to urban development and his work is focused on local contexts, while keeping an eye on European and international movements, policies and development across disciplines.

He is behind the Tøyen Boligkonferanse, turned festival in 2020, putting cooperative and collaborative housing on the Norwegian public agenda. He has also been a driving force establishing Tøyen boligbyggelag (Tøyen Housing Construction Cooperative). Ole holds an interdisciplinary master degree in innovation from ESST – Society, Science and Technology in Europe.

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Henriette Nielsen is a central board member of The Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD). NAD is an advocacy organization of and for people with disabilities. Our vision is a society for all, where people with disabilities have equal opportunities to live according to their own wishes, abilities and interests. In addition to this, Henriette studies community planning and communication at the University of Agder.

This Science Talk is organised by Nordic Edge Innoasis and the University of Stavanger in collaboration with UiS Centre for Gender Studies.

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