Designing urban women’s safety: an empirical study of inclusive innovation through a gender transformation lens

Schwittay, Anke (2019) Designing urban women’s safety: an empirical study of inclusive innovation through a gender transformation lens. European Journal of Development Research. ISSN 0957-8811

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Abstract

This article analyzes the use of human-centered design to make urban areas safer for marginalized women. Through an empirical investigation of Amplify, the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) flagship innovation program, I ask to what extent design as a particular inclusive innovation strategy can result in gender-transformative urban safety development. I argue that, on the one hand, the projects supported by Amplify reinforced instrumentalized notions of women’s economic empowerment, while on the other they enabled forward-looking approaches such as the inclusion of men in antiviolence programs. Ultimately, Amplify’s support for mainly small-scale, individualized and technical solutions, which resulted from its use of human-center design, prevented more transformative changes to emerge. At the same time, there are opportunities to “design in” spaces for more structural interventions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
School of Global Studies > International Development
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2018 14:38
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2020 02:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79958

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