Gendered Design in STEAM

Professors Catherine Bonier and Natalia Escobar Castrillón join as a sector expert in the built environment, public space, and infrastructure; grant application reviewer; supervisor of graduate RA, funded with $5,000 annual project stipend.

“Gendered Design in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math”/ $1.1 million International Development Research Centre, Foundations for Innovation grant / Project leaders – Bjarki Hallgrimsson, Dominique Marshall

Abstract: This project will contribute to more inclusive technological designs in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) by building capacity in gendered innovations. These are new or improved products and processes designed using sex and gender analysis, generating substantial benefits for society and advancing gender equality. Responding to gaps in gendered research and design, the project seeks to: expand and enhance the community of experts and innovators in gendered innovation, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); develop gendered case studies and design projects that are driven by LMIC interests and researchers; and make gendered challenges in the design of technologies more visible to researchers, designers and innovators, particularly in LMICs. Carleton University, in close collaboration with multidisciplinary experts in Canada and LMICs, will manage and coordinate the primary activities: calls for case studies as well as prototype and process designs; the delivery of complementary training and mentoring; and knowledge synthesis. The calls will be open to a limited number of countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The project of CAD 1.1million will disburse up to 30 small grants and support both face-to-face and virtual capacity building activities. Outputs will include up to 20 case studies and 10 design prototypes, up to 60 graduate students trained, publications and a public science portal of virtual / online exhibits. The project will strengthen the community of scholars and innovators engaged in gendered innovation, leading to a new network of such actors, particularly in LMICs. The project is structured to foster mutual learning and long-lasting partnerships among institutions of higher learning in LMICs and Canada.

Duration of project: April 2019 – March 2022 (36 months)

Lead Institution: Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Co-Principal Investigators:  

Bjarki Hallgrimsson, Director, School of Industrial Design, Faculty of Engineering and Design

Dominique Marshall, Chair, Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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