`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.
Kevin is Professor of Human Geography and is the School of Environment's Director of External Relations and the Faculty's Director of cities@manchester at the University of Manchester. He is a geographical political economist with interests in urban politics and policy on the one hand, and work and employment on the other. His current work explores urban policies to see where they come from, how they travel, where they end up and what these journeys mean for the cities the policies pass through. Theoretically, this involves rethinking what is meant by 'the urban' in urban politics, as elements of different places are assembled and reassembled to constitute particular 'urban' political realms. Methodologically, this involves doing fieldwork in a range of sites inside and outside of the cities that are the objects of study, literally seeking to reveal the circuits, networks and webs in and through which policies are moved. His co-edited book (with Eugene McCann) Mobile Urbanism: Cities and Policymaking in the Global Age (Minnesota University Press) was published in 2011. He is currently exploring the constitution of financial 'models' that have emerged in different areas of the world and that have been circulating as a means of funding infrastructure in the current economic condition.
List of Figures and Tables Acknowledgements Contributors Preface - Kevin Ward Designing an Urban Research Project - Kevin Ward Archival Research - Stephen V. Ward Interviews - Allan Cochrane Urban Ethnographic Research - Kate Swanson Working in the Shadow Zones of the Urban Economies: Using Questionnaires to Research Hidden Populations - Nik Theodore Discourse and Linguistic Analysis - Annette Hastings Using Diaries to Study Urban Worlds - Alan Latham GIS: A Method and Practice - Matthew W. Wilson Worlds Through Glass: Photography and Video as Geographic Method - Bradley L. Garrett Writing Up - Kevin Ward Index