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Researching the City: A Guide for Students 2ed

by Kevin Ward SAGE Publications Ltd
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This practical urban studies research guide for students, revised and with new chapter additions, focuses on the city and on the different ways to research it.

1 Introduction by Kevin Ward
2 Designing an urban research project by Kevin Ward
3 Archival research by Stephen V. Ward
4 Interviews by Allan Cochrane
5 Urban ethnographic research by Kate Swanson
6 Using questionnaires to survey hidden populations by Nik Theodore
7 Discourse and linguistic analysis by Annette Hastings
8 Using diaries to study urban worlds by Alan Latham
9 GIS: a method and practice by Matthew Wilson
10 Worlds through glass: photography and video as geographic method by Bradley L. Garrett
11 Researching urban life through social media by Susan Moore and Scott Rodgers
12 Mapping the urban experience digitally by Monica Degen and Manuela Barz
13 Writing up by Kevin Ward

My copy of Researching the City is well worn and rarely sits still. As with all of the most valuable texts for teaching, it shuttles frequently between a shelf in my office and the hands of urban geography students who find it to be a highly accessible and useful guide.

Dr Tim Bunnell, Professor of Geography, National University of Singapore

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.