The Role of Women in Shaping Urban Future

Five theses on gender conducted by IHS graduates
Woman looking into the distance

In March, we celebrate women and their incredible accomplishments and strength around the world. 8th of March is a day to recognize the hard work and resilience of women everywhere and to acknowledge the importance of their contributions to our society. In this article, we looked into five theses on gender conducted by IHS graduates. 


Flooded street
Misbahul Aulia

Gender analysis of climate change and natural hazard-related vulnerability perception

Author: Charu Joshi, IHS Graduate, 2016

The purpose of Charu's thesis is to understand how socio-cultural dynamics make women feel more vulnerable to climate change and natural hazards. 

This thesis focuses on disadvantages and challenges that women face in terms of socio-cultural dynamics that may not give them equal access to resources and services that are necessary to respond to the negative effects of climate change and natural hazards.

Read the full thesis here
Empowering women in Chennai, India through ICT

Social Vulnerability to Extreme Water Events and the Outcomes of Resettlement

A Case Study on the Women in Kannagi Nagar, Chennai

Author: Ishita Angelina Vedamuthu, IHS graduate, 2019

In her thesis, Ishita chose to look at a marginalized section of citizens in Kannagi Nagar, Chennai, people who were once inhabitants of the voids of the city.

More than 15,000 dwellings, situated on a low-lying marshland deemed unfit for inhabitation and construction, became the basis for the Gynocentric Social Vulnerability Framework for displaced populations and Resettlement sites formulated in this thesis.

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Sasha Nazira

Gender, Neighborhood Public Space and Sense of Belonging

A case study of Patan, Nepal

Author: Surena Shrestha, IHS Graduate, 2021

In her research, Surena aims to understand how the change in multiple dimensions of neighbourhood public spaces affects how local women attach a sense of belonging to their neighbourhood.

This research shows how two neighborhoods with similar make-up of material, socio-cultural, symbolic and economic aspects have changed in divergent ways in the past three decades due to small nuances.

Read the full thesis here
Housing in Ecuador
Florian Delee

Gender mainstreaming and women’s right to adequate housing

An analysis of housing policymaking in Ecuador

Author: María José Zúñiga, IHS graduate, 2021

Maria's study tries to comprehend how gender is mainstreamed in the housing sector, using the Ecuadorian case as an example. It analyses the gender theories and housing literature and how they are implemented in practice.

The research also looks into the gender barriers women face daily and how it affects their affordability and accessibility, culminating in gendering the right to housing.

Read the full thesis here
Ruben Hansse

Gender and the Digital Divide: Determinants in a Superdiverse Neighborhood of Rotterdam South

Author: Makensie Marten, IHS graduate, 2022

By applying an intersectional, gender-centered perspective of analysis to digital inclusion levels in Carnisse, Makensie revealed differing exclusion factors for men and women, as well as lower digital inclusion levels for the non-Dutch population.

To execute this research, a survey was conducted in the Rotterdam district of Charlois, with a focus on the neighborhood of Carnisse to pilot the methodology for future, larger scale research.

Read the full thesis here
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