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Panel discussion: 'Gendered Cities'

Venue: Online

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This panel was composed by Sanjay Srivastava and Rosie Cox who discussed the construction of gendered urban spaces from their disciplinary perspectives. Part of the Urban Intersections series hosted by Birkbeck, University of London, the event was chaired by Mara Nogueira.

The event marked the launch of Birkbeck’s new MA/MSc Cities Programme, showcasing the programme’s interdisciplinarity by exploring how different perspectives can be combined to understand distinct aspects of urban life.


Historically, cities are spaces where struggles for gender equality and female empowerment have emerged, pushing successfully for progress across the world. Nevertheless, urban spaces are also reproduced by enduring patriarchal norms and shaped by gendered, classed and racial inequalities. Ultimately, the alarming and persistent levels of gender-based violence around the urban world demonstrate the need for 'en-gendering' research protocols and practices of city-making. This panel has contributed to this task by exploring the multiple ways in which urban spaces shape (and are shaped by) a gendered society, across space and time.

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  • Dr Mara Nogueira -

    Lecturer of Urban Geography and MA/MSc Cities Programme Director at Birkbeck, University of London

  • Professor Sanjay Srivastava -

    Professor Sanjay Srivastava, British Academy Global Professor, University College London and Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University North Campus, Delhi.

    Bio: Sanjay Srivastava is an anthropologist whose works span over themes of masculinities and sexualities, new urbanism in India, gender and globalisation, consumerism and middle-class cultures; and, social theory. His publications Constructing Post-colonial India: National Character and the Doon School (Routledge 1998); Passionate Modernity (OUP, 2007); Sexuality Studies (editor, OUP, 2013); Entangled Urbanism: Slum, Gated Community and Shopping Mall in Delhi and Gurgaon (OUP 2015); Key Theme in Indian Sociology (co-editor, Sage 2019) Histories of Desire: Sexualities and Culture in Modern India (co-editor, Cambridge University Press, 2019).

    Title: ‘The Politics of Protests and Leisure :Gender, Urban Spaces and the Making of New Publics in India’

  • Prof Rosie Cox -

    Professor Rosie Cox, Professor of Geography at the Department of Geography, Birkbeck, University of London

    Bio: Rosie Cox is Professor of Geography at Birkbeck. Her research focuses on gender, reproductive work and inequalities within homes. She has been researching paid domestic workers and au pairs in London for over 20 years and her most recent project examines the commoditisation of male reproductive labour in the home and the employment of handymen and gardeners.

    Title: ‘Migration and Reproductive Labour in the Global City: The experiences of au pairs in London’