Lua Bittencourt

Gender, space and daily transportation: the relationship between built environment and women mobility in Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon

With an approach focused on women as pedestrians and user of public transportation, Lua’s PhD thesis proposes a mixed approach study to see as a whole the influence of the built environment of a public transport station area in women’s mobility. Focusing the relationship between urban planning, gender, mobility and built space, the aim is to understand how the territory is perceived and experienced by women and thus determines their mobility. Divided into two methodological steps, it intends, first, to replicate the node-place-walkability methodology to classify and choose the stations that will be studied. Then, in the second phase, build an index in order to evaluate the space as a tool for pedestrian evaluation by the perception of gender differences.