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Mind the Gender Gap : Analyzing assessments of the gendered experience on urban public transport

Schönholtz, Dorit Elisabeth (2023) Mind the Gender Gap : Analyzing assessments of the gendered experience on urban public transport.

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Abstract:This research project focuses on the gendered experience of public transport in urban areas. As men and women, or people who don’t do care work and people who do, move through cities differently, transport and mobility planning need to consider this gender perspective. Specifically, this thesis analyses German infrastructure assessment frameworks that do or do not account for this perspective. The main research question is: To what extent do existing transport assessment frameworks take gender-specific demands and needs affecting the equality of public transport systems into account? The project collects and analyzes indicators from German mobility plans and assessment frameworks meant to evaluate the quality of public transport, focusing on the inclusion of a gender perspective and gender segregated data. The relevant and useful indicators are combined into one framework, using the Moser Gender Analysis framework as a base, and this combined framework is applied to the city of Münster, identifying the shortcomings of the available infrastructure. This project is relevant as the androcentric and patriarchal perspective of urban planning still excludes the experience of many people, especially women, which means they do not have equal accessibility. However, with equality being one of the core values of democracy, this must change and the experience of persons not conforming to the male ideal must be visible in urban planning. This counts especially for mobility planning as it determines the access to the city and its opportunities, both for private and public life.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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