The Bartlett School of Planning


Changing ‘homes’, gender-specific adaptations and the future of urban planning responses

24 May 2022, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

People work, relax, doing sports at home. Neighbors in windows, on balconies

The focus of this online event is on urban experiences of ‘home’ and gender-specific adaptations that have occurred to accommodate new needs and failures as a result of the pandemic. It is organised by researchers from the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, with international contributors working on housing and gender in planning and urban studies.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Lucy Natarajan

There are strong gender and intersectional dimensions to ‘the changing roles of home’, since women have been severely impacted by the wellbeing and welfare challenges of the pandemic, particularly those living in the most deprived conditions. Current norms of ‘home’ as places mostly for family tasks have been challenged (Holliss, 2021), and as those boundaries were eroded, homes became also simultaneously the place for working, caring, educating and isolating. This has significant implications for built environment disciplines and at various scales (from micro to macro). It also has international significance as such challenges are as true in London, as they are in Delhi, Nairobi or Sao Paulo. 

The seminar will explore how ideas and activities associated with ‘home’ have changed as a result of the pandemic, and what lessons should be learnt that can help to shape the future directions of planning policy, practice, and research. The goal is to reflect on how urban development responses, at various scales, might be shaped through co-produced innovative ideas amongst international knowledge holders with cross-cutting insights of developing and developed home experiences.



All are invited - this is an open event for practitioners, students & researchers.

About the Speakers

Yasminah Beebeejaun

at The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

Lirio del Carmen Gutiérrez Rivera

at Department of Political Science, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Rachael Scicluna

at Department of Spatial Planning and Infrastructure, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of Malta

Brenda Parker

at College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, UIC

Friederike Fleischer

at Department of Anthropology, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia