YourGround / Resisting neutrality

Kalms, N. (Contributor)

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar


Concerns about personal safety in public space are pervasive for women* and gender-diverse people. Individual perceptions of safety alter behaviour with significant impact on health and well-being. For many, moving around their local community is complex and requires the avoidance of certain places, restricting movement and changing preferred patterns.

As the impact of gendered violence reverberates across society, Monash University’s gender, design and space specialists, XYX Lab, and award-winning digital consultancy, CrowdSpot, have teamed up with 25 partners to crowdsource perceptions of safety in public space.

In this lecture, Associate Professor Nicole Kalms will discuss the YourGround project and outline the innovative, crowdsourced methodology for community-driven engagement. The YourGround project – and associated dataset, heatmaps and analysis – will illuminate the spatial typologies where movement and access is restricted for women and gender-diverse people due to fear, violence and harassment. With the implementation of gender equality strategies across local and state governments, creating inclusive spaces that resist neutrality is a priority.
Period3 Jun 2021
Held atUniversity of Technology Sydney, Australia, New South Wales