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GE Academy Summer School coorganised with Technical University of Madrid | Gender, Cities and Planning Processes: Engendering Research in climate, energy and mobility
  • 7-11 June 2021

Gender, Cities and Planning Processes: Engendering Research in climate, energy and mobility

Course description

This online Summer School will focus on gender research in cities and planning processes. It will look at the gender dimensions of urban and transportation research, considering in particular gendered-relevant aspects of important crosscutting issues such as climate, energy and ICT at the urban scale.

Gender affects who does research, how and which research questions are identified as important. Which methodologies are chosen, the case studies and data sets used, and the analysis undertaken. For an increasing number of researchers, these considerations are explicit, but for others they remain implicit, or even unconscious.

This online summer school aims to provide participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to explore how gender affects their existing or proposed research and to understand what it means to integrate a gender perspective into research and what it implies. Regulatory arrangements, tools and methodologies will be built from introducing the concept of gender and developing its complexity, in general, to work on the gender dimensions of urban planning, urban public space, housing, mobility and transport. It will also consider the interrelations of gender, energy and climate change at the urban scale. The aim is that participants can understand how they can incorporate sophisticated gender analysis into their research project.

During 5 days, keynote talks, seminars, participatory debates and workshop on real cases will be carried out in order to actively involve the participants, fostering an exchange of knowledge and experiences. The purpose is to provide the participants with a basis of knowledge and tools to integrate gender in their personal research on urban planning, mobility, climate or energy fields.

Learning objectives
  • Acquire basic knowledge on state of the art on gender in these scientific fields.
  • Familiarise on how gender can be incorporated in research projects in the scientific fields concerned.
  • Build capacity in designing and implementing research projects taking gender into account in these fields.
  • Support participants in working on concrete research projects or ideas to get a sense of what really means in practice.
  • Facilitate interaction between researchers in these scientific fields.
  • Provide examples of pitfalls and good practices to overcome them.
Who is it for?

Junior and Senior Researchers on

  • Spatial Planning fields
  • Mobility and Transport Infrastructures
  • Climate, Energy and Water fields with a focus on urban scale
Further information
  • As seats are not unlimited, priority will be given to candidates corresponding to the target groups (please, check out "Who is it for?") and those residing in the EU Member States and Associated countries. Following your registration, an e-mail of confirmation of participation will be sent. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Maximum number of participants: 24
  • Please be aware that all GE Academy trainings will be recorded for internal reasons. In case of publishing only the trainer's input will be published. Statements and contributions of participants will not be disclosed in published recordings/videos
Selection criteria

Minimim criteria

  • Proven educational background on at least one of the following fields: gender/equality studies, urban/regional planning, transport and mobility, climate change, urban waste management or energy.
  • Currently affiliated to a research or higher-education institution (Phd Students, Post-Doc, Senior Researchers or any kind showing a professional researching career)
  • Proven High Level of English (minimum C1)

Bonus criteria

  • Please explain your research experience in one or more of the following fields: urban/regional planning, transport and mobility, urban waste management, climate change and energy (maximum 300 words). Please, include a list with your most relevant publication in these areas (5 maximum)
  • Please indicate the way your work and research promote gender equality in sustainable development? (maximum 300 words)
  • The Gender Equality Academy seeks to ensure gender and language diversity and geographical balance of its training pool.
Application deadline: 10 May 2021

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application by 17 May 2021.

Provisional agenda



Inés Sánchez de Madariaga

UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality Policies in Science, Technology and Innovation and Professor of Urban Planning at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Inés Sánchez de Madariaga is UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality Policies in Science, Technology and Innovation and Professor of Urban Planning at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and a leading international expert on gender in city planning, architecture and STEM with extensive experience in both public policy and research. She is member of the Leadership Advisory Council of the Spanish UN-Sustainable Solutions Development Network and an Advisor to the Executive Director of UN-Habitat. She has been Chair of the international COST network Gender, Science, Technology and Environment, genderSTE; co-Director of the EU-US Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment. As a member of the European Commission Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation and Chair the EC Expert Group on Structural Change of Research Organizations, she played a key role in the negotiations to introduce gender as a central element of the EC research program Horizon2020. She is/has been member of the Scientific Advisory Committees of the European projects Genport, Genovate, Gender Action, RRITools, Libra, Sagerip, GEDII, and Principal Investigator of the EC FP projects Gender-Net, RRING, GE-Academy, and TRIGGER. She is an EC Urbact expert and a member of the Scientific Committee of the UNESCO global project to promote gender in science SAGA. She has held public office in Spain as Deputy Director General for Architecture, Advisor to the Minister of Housing, Advisor to the Minister of Science and Innovation, Director of the Women and Science Unit at the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Research, Technology and Development. She is a former Fulbright grantee and she has been Visiting Researcher at the Bauhaus-Weimar in Germany, the London School of Economics, and Columbia University in the City of New York.

Inés Novella Abril

Researcher & Project Coordinator at the UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality Policies in Science, Technology and Innovation

Inés Novella Abril holds a Master in Architecture and a Master in Equal Opportunities, she also studied at the Eesti Kunstiakadeemia Urban Studies Master during 2005-2006. As part of the Department of Urban Planning of the Technical University of Madrid, she is a researcher and project coordinator at the UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality Policies in Science, Technology and Innovation. Her research focuses on gender-responsive spatial planning and design, and on structural change and gender policies in STEM institutions. Inés has participated in different European projects on gender equality and responsible research and innovation (RRI) in S&T institutions (genderSTE, TRIGGER, RRING, GE-Academy, Gendered Innovations). She has been visitor researcher and guest lecturer at different Spanish and European universities. Inés has been in charge of a number of training courses on gender in STEM fields targeting professionals, researchers and managers from both public and private institutions. Her most recent works are the consultancy for the Spanish government on gender and housing, and for ADIF (Administrator of Railway Infrastructures in Spain) on how to introduce gender criteria in the planification of railway infrastructures and stations. She is the author and co-author of different toolkits, articles and book chapters on gender in spatial planning. Inés is the Western Europe Area Editor of the Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture, to be published in 2021. Her participatory action research with women on safety in public space has been recently selected for the Spanish Pavilion in the 2018 Edition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture. She is at the moment a consultant for different regional administrations on gender in territorial and urban planning, housing and mobility.

Susan Buckingham

Independent Researcher & Consultant on Gender and Environmental issues

Susan Buckingham is an independent researcher and consultant on gender and environmental issues. With thirty five years experience of academic research, teaching and management, and twenty years experience of volunteering in women's organisations, she now works independently on projects which will advance environmental and gender justice. Susan believes that there can be no solutions to environmental problems without addressing social injustices, and that social and environmental problems, and their solutions, need to be understood as interconnected. Susan Buckingham is the author of the book “Gender and Environment” (Routledge, 2020) an international reference book explaining the inter-relationship between gender relations and environmental problems and practices, and how they affect and impact on each other.

Maria Sangiuliano

Senior Gender Expert, CEO & Research Director at Smart Venice

Maria is a senior gender expert, CEO and Research Director at Smart Venice. She has 20 years’ experience in designing and executing EU funded projects focused on mainstreaming gender particularly in the areas of innovation policies, employment and education, with a focus on intersectionality and multicultural integration. She holds a PhD in Cognitive and Learning Studies, a Master Degree in Migration Studies and a Master in Training Policies and Methodologies (all dissertations on gender related subjects) and her education has been complemented with a Summer School at Central European University on Feminist Intersectionality and a Training Course at ILO (International Labor Organization) on Gender Audit Methodology. From 2016 to July 2019 she has been a Senior Research Fellow at Ca’ Foscari University (Department of Computer Sciences) in charge of implementing the EQUAL-IST H2020 project supporting 7 Research Organizations in conducting internal gender audits and co-design their Gender Equality Plans. In the same framework, she has coordinated face to face and mutual learning sessions among partners as well as a webinar series on implementing structural change for gender equality in ICT-IST institutions.

Bente Knoll


Bente Knoll has a background and long-time experience in landscape, spatial and transport planning, mobility research, environmental sciences and engineering, sustainable development, gender equality as well as systemic communication and social media. In addition to her self-employed work, she has worked as a lecturer at various universities in Austria, such as the TUW (University of Technology, Vienna). She has various teaching assignments, holds basic and advanced lectures as well as seminars in Gender Studies and Engineering. In 2010, she published a basic textbook in this topic together with Brigitte Ratzer.