‘Most cities are gender-blind and disregard women’s experiences. Engaging with the stories of women and girls is crucial for making cities safer.’
Nicole Kalms is an Associate Professor in the Department of Design and founding director of the XYX Lab at Monash University. Examining the nexus of gender, urban spaces and advocacy, the XYX Lab brings together planners, policy-makers, local government and stakeholders to make tangible the experiences of underrepresented communities. In her role, Kalms is leading two significant research projects: ‘Urban Exposure: Interactively Mapping the Systems of Sexual Violence in Cities’; and ‘Understanding the Spaces of Sexual Harassment in Public Transport’. Kalms is the author of Hypersexual City: The Provocation of Soft-Core Urbanism.