Gendered Design for Gendered Crisis: Women’s Experiences in Public Transport

Pinar Kaygan*, Harun Kaygan

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This paper presentsfindings from a research project that investigates the link between the design of public transport and women passengers’ experiences of (risk of) sexual harassment. Sexual harassment in public transport is a particularly important topic to explore as a crisis situation, since women face sexual harassment widely while using public transport both in the contexts of Global South and North. In the project, in-depth investigation of women’s experiences via interviews was followed by an explorative design process, where designers responded to users’ problems as well as strategies in their design proposals. The process had a participatory nature with the involvement of an urban planner, a member of a local feminist organisation as well as the reflections of a design manager from a leading bus manufacturing company. Drawing on multiple data sources elicited from designer and non-designer participants, this paper pulls together different parties’ perspectives on the role of design in the solution of a gender-related social problem. Overall, this paper invites designers to explore the potential links between design applications in industry and structural change, making product design instrumental to policy planning and implementation for egalitarian and safe public transport.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOn the Verge: Design in Times of Crisis
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023
EventSocial Design Network Conference: On the Verge: Design in Times of Crisis - Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 9. Nov 202310. Nov 2023


ConferenceSocial Design Network Conference
LocationMoholy-Nagy University of Art and Design
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  • gender
  • gendered design
  • public transportaton


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