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Gender and Urban Mobility in Chile

How can we leverage data collaboratives to make urban transportation planning more gender-inclusive?

    Governance Area
  • National Governance
  • Institution Type
  • International Organization Public Sector Corporate/Business
  • Innovative Capability
  • Data Collaboratives
  • Product Category
  • Dataset Platform Mapping


Close to 90% of Chile’s population lives in urban areas, with 40% living in Santiago alone. Like many other South American cities, Santiago continues to expand, which puts pressure on vulnerable populations, who must travel greater distances to work, study and live. Although private car ownership is projected to grow in the coming years, women are more likely to be traveling on foot than men–40% of women travel by foot in Santiago, as opposed to 30% of men.

When traveling, women often take multi-purpose, multi-stop trips to do chores, work and attend school. The needs of women and girls are not typically taken into account when authorities make plans for transportation developments. Difficulties in public transportation use can lead to a fear of personal safety in public spaces, especially when 85% of women reported that they were harassed on the street in Chile between 2014 and 2015.


Latin America


Universidad del Desarrollo/Telefónica R&D Center
ISI Foundation


Over the course of a year-long study, The GovLab and its project partners established a data collaborative to seek answers to the following questions:

  • Does gender play a role in the way people move around the megacity of Santiago, Chile?
  • To what extent is there mobility inequality by gender, and what can be done to incorporate and include gender considerations in transportation planning?
  • Can the analytic model used to study gender and mobility in Chile be used in other places and contexts?

Through the Gender and Urban Mobility data collaborative, The GovLab and its partners are seeking to decode the intersection of urban mobility and gender, combining a wide range of datasets, including call detail records and high-resolution satellite data. This insight could play a key role in the creation of more gender inclusive and equitable decision-making in Santiago and beyond as it relates to urban planning, transportation, and mobility.



Stefaan Verhulst

Andrew Young

Hannah Pierce

Michelle Winowatan