Krity Gera - PhD. Design for socio-spatial reproduction

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Research Title

Gender, Daily Mobility and Social Exclusion. Informal Transport as an Asset Towards Social Change.

ORCID id
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9341-3124

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Keywords
urban informality, socio-spatial integration, gender studies, mobility, social design, digital ethnography

Research Abstract
The peripheries of society hold the capacity to transform their limited resources and barriers into settings for various kinds of opportunities. This study engages with the multi-disciplinary research focusing on urban peripheries, gender and social exclusion (inequalities) through the lens of (informal) mobility in order to reveal the socio-spatial reproduction. In the context of emerging countries (New Delhi, India), issues related to social exclusion are most visible in the case of women who live in urban peripheral areas and experience restriction on their movement because of social, cultural and economic issues. In such contexts, the informal modes of transport emerge as bottom-up solutions to fill in the voids left by public transportation system. Transportation is not just a means for geographical mobility but impacts the social mobility of women resulting in enhancement of their overall quality of life. More specifically, the study seeks to investigate into daily mobilities of urban marginalized women to recognize mobility as capability.

Research Methodology
The issues pertaining to scale and ethics, geographical boundaries and social imagination, class and gender, material culture and interdisciplinarity are all revealed through innovative mobile methodologies (A Tarrius, 2000). This research uses a combination of new technologies (GPS) along with mobile methods like ethnography to reveal the inter-relationship between social and spatial mobility of urban marginalized women.

Results / Outcomes
1. Establish a relationship between social and spatial mobility with (informal) transport as an asset.
2. Recognize the capacity of self-organization that has the potential to activate mobility of women.
3. Propose a design framework to inform the formal systems of mobility (transportation) and space.

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Qualification
B. Arch, Sushant School of Art & Architecture, India
M. Arch, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India

Supervisor(s)
Mr. Peter Hasdell  (Chief Supervisor)
Dr.ir. Gerhard Bruyns (Co-supervisor)
Dr. Diego Sepulveda (External Co-supervisor)

Specializations / Interests
urban informality, socio-spatial analysis, gender studies, mobility, new technologies, digital ethnography

Date of Completion
August 2021

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