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Rethinking adequate housing for low-income women of the Global South : reflections on women initiated housing transformations to Masese Women Slum-Upgrading Housing Project, Jinja, Uganda

Elwidaa, Eiman (2020). Rethinking adequate housing for low-income women of the Global South : reflections on women initiated housing transformations to Masese Women Slum-Upgrading Housing Project, Jinja, Uganda. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2020:28
ISBN 978-91-7760-574-4
eISBN 978-91-7760-575-1
[Doctoral thesis]

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Abstract

The global discourse on low-income housing promotes participation to provide slum dwellers of the Global South with adequate housing. Despite acknowledged women’s extra vulnerability to the substandard housing of slums, how their participation, or what design considerations support their housing adequacy, remains ambiguous. Case study methodology was used for the exploration of the research presented in this PhD thesis. Targeting women as its main beneficiaries, Masese Women Slum-Upgrading Housing Project (MWSUHP) was selected as the case for the research explorations at it represents the state of the art in providing adequate housing to women living in Ugandan slums. The research aims at describing, exploring and developing an understanding of the contribution of women’s participation in MWSUHP housing processes, as well as identifying design considerations to support their adequate housing provision. Empirical evidence was gathered using combined methods of documents and drawings analysis, walk-throughs, interviews and focus group discussions.

The research identified the domination of the colonial ideologies, men’s over representation, ad the gender blindness of the Ugandan low-income housing discourse. These factors contributed to the production of housing designs that promote gender stratification, segregation and subordination. The research results acknowledged Ugandan low-income women’s substantial design knowledge to their housing adequacy and highlights the importance of interpreting housing designs in gender-related terms. To attain housing adequacy to the Ugandan low-income women, the research advocates for; i) including low-income women in their housing design processes, ii) increase women’s representation in the Ugandan housing design discourses, iii) developing housing design ideologies that understand housing in gender related terms iv) developing housing designs that appreciate the Ugandan low-income women’s socio-cultural contexts and lifestyles, respond to their productive, reproductive and community integration roles v) embracing women’s intersectionality vi) considering flexibility, spontaneity, improvisation and incremental development in their housing designs.

This research contributes in filling the knowledge gap in the low-income housing discourse, with a focus on providing women living in the Ugandan slums with adequate housing.

Authors/Creators:Elwidaa, Eiman
Title:Rethinking adequate housing for low-income women of the Global South : reflections on women initiated housing transformations to Masese Women Slum-Upgrading Housing Project, Jinja, Uganda
Year of publishing :2020
Number:2020:28
Number of Pages:201
Publisher:Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-7760-574-4
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-7760-575-1
ISSN:1652-6880
Language:English
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Gender Studies
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Human Geography
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
Keywords:low-income women, slums, housing transformations, adequate housing, gendered space, women triple-roles, women practical needs, women intersectionality
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105311
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105311
ID Code:16934
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:27 Apr 2020 07:32
Metadata Last Modified:26 Aug 2020 13:57

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