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Title: Exploring the gender disconnect in urban improvement programmes for low-income settlements in Lahore, Pakistan
Author: Ibrahim, Maryam
ISNI:       0000 0004 7660 0440
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis seeks to contribute to a body of work on gender and cities and more specifically to the nexus linking gender and housing improvement programmes in low-income settlements as a pathway leading towards transformative gendered relations. An important idea influencing this thesis is that transformations in gendered relations and social hierarchies may be possible through the implementation of housing improvement and poverty reduction programmes. This may in turn lead to more just and equitable cities. However, in practice, these positive potential outcomes are often not met. This thesis identifies forms of 'gender disconnects' that hinder the achievement of these transformative pathways in the context of a specific set of housing improvement and poverty reduction interventions in Lahore, Pakistan. To do so, it explores various dimensions of three programmes, which cumulatively determine the nature and implementation processes of these interventions. These include local housing needs and prioritisations as well as the role of institutions and cultural factors. It evaluates processes of planning and implementation and assesses the gendered impact of interventions on urban livelihoods, social hierarchies and gendered relations. A majority of the findings contribute to the identification of problematic issues and reasons why they hinder the potential pathway. This research study reinforces the need for a gender-inclusive approach to housing improvement interventions. Furthermore, it highlights the complex yet changing social dynamics within urban low-income settlements and problematic institutional cultures, which accumulatively obstruct potential transformations in gendered relations and social hierarchies.
Supervisor: Potts, Deborah Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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