Today, Carleton University is pleased to announce the results of the Gendered Design in STEAM (GDS) program awards.

The twenty selected GDS research teams come from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The teams work in a variety of fields that practice design processes, but they share a common goal: to identify and overcome gender bias and tackle issues especially affecting women in lower- and middle-income countries.

Scholars in humanities, social sciences and design are actively transforming the traditional science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields into something with a more human-centred approach, taking STEM to STEAM by including the arts.

Driven by local interests, the awarded projects go beyond the common focus of gender innovations in health and agriculture by supporting advances in the fields of STEAM related to: transport, renewable energy, built environment and housing, manufacturing, infrastructure, and accessibility.

Information about each winning project can be found here:

Carleton thanks the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for funding this initiative, as well as recognizing the social and industry trends that inspired it.

The GDS program is supported by an interdisciplinary collection of experts based at Carleton, in collaboration with regional experts from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The program is helping to establish Carleton as an authority in this growing field. So far, 11 graduate research assistants have been hired to support the program and courses on the subject are being developed.

Two calls for research were administered by Carleton– to examine case studies on current and past gendered innovations, and to explore gendered design processes and prototyping. Almost 100 proposals were received in response to the initial call. Of these, 38 were invited to submit a formal proposal.

Following an assessment of the proposals by Carleton faculty and the other experts, the best potential contributions to gendered design thinking and capacity building were selected. Twenty projects were chosen to receive the grants, all of them with strong female involvement. Nine projects have been awarded in Africa, eight projects across Latin America and three projects in Asia.

The GDS program is led by principal investigators Bjarki Hallgrimsson, director of the School of Industrial Design, and Dominique Marshall, professor in the History DepartmentChiara Del Gaudio, assistant professor in the School of Industrial Design, is the program’s investigator and Kerry Grace is the program co-ordinator.

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