Innoasis Science Talks: The Feminist City

How can we build more just and sustainable cities together? – Feminist perspectives.

How can we ensure that sustainable cities are equitable cities? A feminist perspective on city planning and design makes visible the ways that cities have too often failed to provide access for all. As we prioritise sustainability, we must find creative ways to keep equity at the heart of our sustainability objectives.


Leslie Kern is the author of two books on gender and cities, including Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World (Verso). She holds a PhD in women’s studies from York University. Currently an associate professor of geography and environment and director of women’s and gender studies at Mount Allison University, Kern writes about gender, gentrification, and feminism and teaches urban, social, and feminist geography. Her research has received a National Housing Studies Achievement Award and a Fulbright Scholar Award. Kern currently lives in the territory of Mi’kmaqi in the town of Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.

Kern’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion.

Panel Discussion:

Preliminary programme. Bios of all panel participants is coming soon.


Ole Pedersen is a social entrepreneur running his own social enterprise Nedenfra / From below. From below aims at creating opportunities for and enhancing democratic participation in urban development. Pedersen has an evolutionary approach to urban development and his work is focused on local contexts, while keeping an eye on European and international movements, policies and development across disciplines.

He is behind the Tøyen Boligkonferanse, turned festival in 2020, putting cooperative and collaborative housing on the Norwegian public agenda. He has also been a driving force establishing Tøyen boligbyggelag (Tøyen Housing Construction Cooperative). Ole holds an interdisciplinary master degree in innovation from ESST – Society, Science and Technology in Europe.

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This Science Talk is organised by Nordic Edge Innoasis and the University of Stavanger in collaboration with UiS Centre for Gender Studies.

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