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Researching the City
A Guide for Students

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© 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 book 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, this thoroughgoing collection deals with the nitty-gritty of researching the city: how to get started, what goes in a literature review, what methods would best suit the project (chapters on an array of different methods are offered) and strategies for writing up.  All-in-all, this book is not only a must-have for the student, but also for those of us looking to give sound, supportive and practicably useful guidance to our students.

Kim England
University of Washington

Researching the City is an invaluable guide to urban research design for undergraduate and graduate students alike.  Writing in a friendly, conversational, tone Kevin Ward and an impressive collection of influential urbanists provide the novice researcher 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

Comprehensive and written in a decidedly accessible style, Researching the City is replete with tremendously useful advice and guidance for students of all social-science disciplines undertaking significant research projects on urban issues.  Though the book speaks directly to the UK educational system, students in North America 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

The book is informative and engaging, containing excellent suggestions on questionnaires, discourse analysis, and many other methods. The book is a good investment that can improve the quality of urban studies, be they academic or applied research.

Jonathan Penland
Missiology: An International Review

gives a good overview

Alexander Follmann
Institute of Geography, University of Cologne
December 14, 2016

A good resource but not quite suited to my course.

Dr Nicola Banks
Institute of Development Policy and Management, Univ. of Manchester
May 28, 2015

Excellent guide to qualitative methods in social research

Mr Graham Mowl
Geography & Environmental Management, Northumbria University
February 18, 2015

Great book - really helpful for fieldwork and dissertation project development. Very innovative and engaging in terms of methods and theory.

Miss Sophie Wynne-Jones
IGES, Aberystwyth University
February 2, 2015

This has proved an excellent resource for our module on the sociology of popular culture

Dr Jon Mulholland
Department of Criminology, Middlesex University
November 12, 2014

An excellent textbook on a methodology of growing importance - recommended for all dissertation students.

Mr Charles McIntyre
School of Tourism, Bournemouth University
November 4, 2014

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