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Researching the City
A Guide for Students

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December 2013 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
‘Extends a warm welcome to students who have come face-to-face with the daunting task of producing a dissertation. Written in an accessible and engaging style, it deals with the nitty-gritty of researching the city... a must-have for the student!’
- Kim England, University of Washington

‘An invaluable guide to urban research design for undergraduate and graduate students alike. It provides the novice researcher with a wealth of practical advice on theory, methods, writing style, and everything else one needs to know to design and manage a successful urban research project.  I wish this book had been available when I started my research career!'
- Byron Miller, University of Calgary 

‘Replete with tremendously useful advice and guidance for students of all social-science disciplines undertaking significant research projects on urban issues... students writing undergraduate and master’s theses, or even doctoral dissertations, are likely to find it tremendously useful as well.’
- David L. Imbroscio, University of Louisville

This practical guide for students focuses on the city and on the different ways to research it. The authors explains how research is done, from the original idea to design and implementation, through to writing up and representation.

Substantive chapters explain each method in detail, from using archival methods, interviews, ethnography, questionnaires, discourse analysis and diaries, to using GIS and visual methods. 

With real world examples throughout and guided further reading for each chapter, it is an inspiring guide for students carrying out their own research in urban geography, urban planning, urban studies and urban sociology courses.  

 
List of Figures and Tables
 
Acknowledgements
 
Contributors
Kevin Ward
Preface
Kevin Ward
Designing an Urban Research Project
Stephen V. Ward
Archival Research
Allan Cochrane
Interviews
Kate Swanson
Urban Ethnographic Research
Nik Theodore
Working in the Shadow Zones of the Urban Economies: Using Questionnaires to Research Hidden Populations
Annette Hastings
Discourse and Linguistic Analysis
Alan Latham
Using Diaries to Study Urban Worlds
Matthew W. Wilson
GIS: A Method and Practice
Bradley L. Garrett
Worlds Through Glass: Photography and Video as Geographic Method
Kevin Ward
Writing Up
 
Index

This has moved from recommended reading from this course to essential reading for a new course I've set up titled:
'Citizenship in a Global City: Hong Kong'

Mr Michael Richardson
Schl Geography, Politics & Sociology, Newcastle Univ.
September 18, 2014

A very useful guide to any student wishing to do research on any aspect of city life

Ms Maria Feeney
Social Sciences (Hamilton), University of the West of Scotland
August 26, 2014

Provides good overview on a variety of research methods for research in urban studies. We will definitely recommend this book to students who are planning and designing their research for their master's thesis.

Ms Nienke Van Boom
leisure studies, Tilburg University
June 13, 2014

An excellent resource to help students think through how to carry out urban research. Will also be using it for dissertations and for second year UK fieldwork.

Peter North
Department of Geography, Liverpool University
May 29, 2014

Very good intro for Urban students on a variety of modules

Dr Andrzej Zieleniec
Sociology , Keele University
March 12, 2014

Good primer and intro for students doing research in the city

Dr Andrzej Zieleniec
Sociology , Keele University
March 12, 2014

A highly useful book for regeneration, planning and human geography students.

Mr Rob Stevens
Urban Studies , Sheffield Hallam University
March 5, 2014

a really useful focussed text to help students structure their field work.

Ms Anna Hawkins
Urban Studies , Sheffield Hallam University
February 10, 2014

The book is a well-rounded and timely introduction to approaches and techniques for researching the city. It is thought for young geographers but it is very attentive to the cultural dimension of space. Sometimes a light read, it is worth considering for undergraduate courses more than for MA studies on city.

Dr Paolo Cardullo
Sociology Department, Goldsmiths College
February 5, 2014

Plan to use this book next year.

Professor Susse Georg
Department of Development & Planning, Aalborg University
December 19, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter Two: Designing an urban research project


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