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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Safe city spaces for everyone

Time: 5pm to 6pm

Can more thoughtful and inclusive urban design create well-lit, multi-gender and multi-generational open gathering spaces where everyone feels visible and welcome?

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How do we make cities safe and inclusive for everyone?

Women, children, teenagers, the older community and people with disabilities often voice their frustration with a lack of safe spaces.

How do we banish the fear of leaving the house, especially after dark, and how do we address the fact that male-dominated areas of urban planning and transport are not as diverse as the communities they serve?

Can more thoughtful and inclusive urban design create well-lit, multi-gender and multi-generational open gathering spaces where everyone feels visible and welcome?

This event is brought to you in partnership with Scottish Youth Parliament. It is chaired by Paul McLennan MSP, Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee.

 


Panellists

Sophie Reid MSYP

Sophie Reid is 18 years old and lives in Glasgow. She is a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) representing Girlguiding Scotland, and has been a Trustee of SYP since October 2020. In 2019, Sophie proposed the motion “The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that action is necessary to prevent sexual harassment from occurring on public transport, and calls on decision-makers and service providers to review their policies.” which passed with 97% agreement from MSYPs. Away from her volunteering role with SYP, Sophie is in her first year of studying Politics and Sociology at Glasgow University. 

Dr Ellie Cosgrave

Ellie is the Director of Publica's Community Interest Company and Associate Professor of Urban Innovation and Policy at University College London. An engineer by training, her research sits at the intersection of the built environment, gender justice and climate action, where she has a particular focus on understanding diverse needs, realities and experiences of cities- and works with a variety of groups (including the Greater London Authority, Nesta, Transport for London, UN Women, C40 cities and many others) to help make inclusive urban innovation a reality. Ellie is also a BBC broadcaster and co-host of the BBC World Service series My Perfect City.

Alex Bottrill

Alex leads Sustrans strategic objective ‘Liveable Cities and Towns for Everyone’, looking at a holistic, place-based approach to thinking about people, communities, places and liveability. As an urban designer, with previous experience in the leisure industry, and in youth work, Alex brings a people-centred approach, with a keen personal and professional interest in inclusivity, inclusive design, health and wellbeing. Educated in Bristol and Chicago, and having moved around many times for work within the UK, Alex is keen to relate absolute truths about the needs of people everywhere, to the potential of the transport sector to be more responsive to this.

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