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Intimate Infrastructures – Storymap launched

'Intimate infrastructures' is a way of seeing and understanding how infrastructure, in their absence, disconnectedness and exclusions are woven into the intimate material and social relationships of urban life. These intimate relationships with infrastructure can be perceived as forms of violence or can actually materialise as Violence Against Women (VAW). Intimate Infrastructures presents an important – often neglected - perspective on research on urban violence, infrastructures and violence against women.

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Infrastructure and women’s safety in India – observations from the British Academy

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Photo credit: Caroline Knowles. December 2018 Caroline Knowles, Programme Director of British Academy ‘Cities and Infrastructure Fund’ through which the DIVAW project is funded, visited our fieldsite in Thiruvananthapuram in December 2018. She describes her experience and observations, with Susan, our local research assistant from Sakhi over the course of a few days. … Continue reading Infrastructure and women’s safety in India – observations from the British Academy

Advisory Board Feedback Meeting

Find out more about our ‘Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women’ #DIVAWProject research team feedback meeting with our Advisory Board in January 2019.

British Academy ‘Cities & Infrastructure’ Programme ‘Change & Challenges’ Award Holder Seminar

Read the report from the British Academy GCRF ‘Cities and Infrastructure’ Programme 'Change and Challenges' Award Holder Seminar the ‘Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women’ #DIVAWProject research team attended in January 2019 by Administrative Officer Marta Koch and explore the event Wakelet.

#DIVAWProject Team Publication: #MeToo has arrived in India, and it’s changing how technology is used to fight injustice

Read this The Conversation UK article entitled '#MeToo has arrived in India, and it’s changing how technology is used to fight injustice' by 'Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women' #DIVAWProject research team members Principal Investigator Dr Ayona Datta, Co-Investigator Dr Rakhi Tripathi and Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr Nabeela Ahmed.

Thiruvananthapuram Stakeholder Workshop Report

Find out more about our 'Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women' #DIVAWProject Thiruvananthapuram stakeholder workshop entitled 'Disconnected Infrastructures and Women's Safety in the City' which took place in Thiruvananthapuram in April 2018, read the report by Dr Nabeela Ahmed, Postdoctoral Research Associate, watch the event video and explore the event Wakelet.

World Resources Institute Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities Kochi Visioning Workshop

Read about ‘Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women’ #DIVAWProject local Research Associate Susan Sukanya's experience as a workshop participant at the World Resources Institute Ross Centre For Sustainable Cities Kochi Visioning Workshop in June 2018.

India National Conference: Innovating Digital Technologies For Creating Safer Cities in India

Find out more about our upcoming ‘Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women’ #DIVAWProject India national conference organised in partnership with institutional partners FORE School of Management, Delhi and the Department of Management Studies, IITD Delhi, project funder, the British Academy, host institution, King's College London, institutional partner, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and project societal partner Safetipin.

Thiruvananthapuram Stakeholder Workshop Video

Find out more about the ‘Disconnected Infrastructures & Violence Against Women’ #DIVAWProject workshop participant speeches from our 2nd India stakeholder workshop in Thiruvananthapuram entitled 'Disconnected Infrastructures and Women's Safety in the City' which took place in April 2018 and watch the video with our workshop participant speeches and discussions.

London Inception Workshop Presentation: Co-Investigator Dr Joanne Entwistle

Find out more about the presentation on ‘Light as infrastructure and practice: mapping the night' by Dr Joanne Entwistle, #DIVAWProject Co-Investigator and Reader in Cultural and Creative Industries, Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King's College London at our first UK project workshop entitled ‘Violence Against Women (VAW) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'.

London Mid-Term Workshop Presentation: Co-Investigator Dr Don Slater

Find out more about the presentation on 'The preliminary findings from software ethnography' by Dr Don Slater, #DIVAWProject Co-Investigator and Associate Professor (Reader) in Sociology, Department of Sociology, LSE at our second UK project workshop entitled ‘Digital Infrastructure & (Un)Safe Cities’.

London Mid-Term Workshop Presentation: Advisory Board Member Professor Cathy McIlwaine

Find out more about the presentation on 'Thinking about VAWG across borders: reflections from Brazilian migrants in London' by Professor Cathy McIlwaine, #DIVAWProject Advisory Board Member and Professor of Development Geography, Department of Geography, King’s College London at our second UK project workshop entitled ‘Digital Infrastructure & (Un)Safe Cities’ .

London Mid-Term Project Workshop: Digital Infrastructure & (Un)Safe Cities Participant Video Interviews

Watch our video interviews with 'Disconnected Infrastructures & Violence Against Women' #DIVAWProject workshop participants from our second UK mid-term project workshop entitled 'Digital Infrastructure & (Un)Safe Cities'.

British Academy ‘Cities & Infrastructure’ Programme Projects Workshop

Read the report from the British Academy GCRF ‘Cities & Infrastructure’ Programme projects workshop in June 2018 from ‘Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women’ #DIVAWProject Co-Investigators Dr Joanne Entwistle and Dr Don Slater.

Dissemination Activities

Find out more about the dissemination events ‘Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women’ #DIVAWProject team members have been attending recently.

Thiruvananthapuram Fieldwork and Community Participatory Workshop Report

Dr Nabeela Ahmed, #DIVAWProject Postdoctoral Research Associate, Urban Futures Research Group, Department of Geography, King’s College London, introduces the first phase of fieldwork for the ‘Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women’ project based in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, and shares her insights from the Thiruvananthapuram community workshop which took place in April 2018.

TUMI Women Mobilise Women Conference 2018 #WomenMobilizeWomen

Dr Kalpana Viswanath, Co-Founder & CEO of Safetipin, Societal Partner of the ‘Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women’ #DIVAWProject, shares her experience as a speaker at the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) Women Mobilise Women Conference in May 2018.

Safetipin as Method: Crowdsourced Audits and Visual Big Data

Dr Kalpana Viswanath, Co-Founder & CEO of Safetipin, introduces the work of Safetipin, Societal Partner of the ‘Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women’ #DIVAWProject, and the crucial role Safetipin crowdsourced safety audits and visual big data have in the project.

London Mid-Term Project Workshop: Digital Infrastructure & (Un)Safe Cities     

Read about our mid-term second ‘Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women’ #DIVAWProject workshop entitled ‘Digital Infrastructure and (Un)Safe Cities’, explore our workshop Wakelet, watch our participant interviews video and read the workshop themes summary from Dr Nabeela Ahmed, #DIVAWProject Postdoctoral Research Associate.

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Software Ethnography: Notes from the field

Dr Don Slater, #DIVAWProject Co-Investigator & Associate Professor (Reader) in Sociology, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science, introduces the ‘software ethnography’ strand of the ‘Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women’ project. 

Configuring Light Infrastructure

Dr Joanne Entwistle, #DIVAWProject Co-Investigator & Reader of Cultural & Creative Industries, Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, King's College London introduces the Configuring Light research group and how their project findings will inform the 'Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women' project research.

Oxfam Event #SafetoSpeakOut

Read about the #SafetoSpeakOut Oxfam event 'Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women' #DIVAWProject Principal Investigator Dr Ayona Datta attended in December 2017.

Mobile Apps for Women’s Safety: The Technology Point of View

Digital Innovations and Technologies play an important role in our lives. Read the blog on 'Mobile Apps for Women’s Safety: the technology point of view' by #DIVAWProject Co-Investigator Dr Rakhi Tripathi, Head of the Centre for Digital Innovation (Fore School of Management, India).

London Inception Workshop: Violence Against Women (VAW) & the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Find out more about our 'Disconnected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women' #DIVAWProject inception workshop in November 2017 at King's College London and explore our event Wakelet here.

Participatory workshops in the aftermath of Kerala floods

Our project fieldwork in Kochi over the summer and autumn of 2018 did not run as smoothly compared to that of Thiruvanthapuram earlier in the year – though this was  due to events beyond our control. The state was met with unprecedented floods in the monsoon season – causing the Kerala flooding crisis of summer … Continue reading Participatory workshops in the aftermath of Kerala floods