Town Planning Review

Mainstreaming gender equality: An examination of the gender sensitivity of strategic planning in Great Britain

Town Planning Review (2002), 73, (2), 197–214.

Abstract

Spatial planning at the strategic level is an area of public policy in which issues of gender equality have previously not been researched in detail. This paper presents the first research in the environmental planning field to explore whether and how strategic agencies in Great Britain take a gendered approach to spatial planning policy. The findings of the author's survey of British strategic planning agencies undertaken in the summer of 1998 reveal particular gaps in understanding and knowledge and confirm the complex nature of the barriers to implementing an approach to planning that considers the needs of women and men. The results demonstrate the current capacity of strategic planning authorities to 'mainstream' gender issues into the principles, strategies and practices of the public policy arena of planning.

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Reeves, Dory