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Your Human Geography Dissertation: Designing, Doing, Delivering

by Kimberley A Peters SAGE Publications Ltd
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An undergraduate dissertation is your opportunity to engage with geographical research, first-hand. But completing a student project can be a stressful and complex process.  Your Human Geography Dissertation breaks the task down into three helpful stages:

•Designing: Deciding on your approach, your topic and your research question, and ensuring your project is feasible  

•Doing: Situating your research and selecting the best methods for your dissertation project

•Delivering: Dealing with data and writing up your findings  With information and task boxes, soundbites offering student insight and guidance, and links to online materials, this book offers a complete and accessible overview of the key skills needed to prepare, research, and write a successful human geography dissertation.

1. Your human geography dissertation: An introduction
2: Starting Out: identifying your approach
3: Getting Going: finding a topic
4: The next step: developing your research question
5: Final preparations: is your project workable?
6: Doing reflexive research: situating your dissertation
7: Making research happen: the methods glossary
8: More on methods: approaching complex social worlds
9: Selecting your methods: how to make the right choices
10: Dealing with data: approaching analysis
11: Writing up: where to start and how to finish
12: The last hurdle: final considerations

This excellent new text guides students carefully, intelligently and sympathetically through the process of doing a human geography dissertation. It offers grounded advice - from the question of what a dissertation is, to the mechanics of data analysis - which will be indispensable for students researching the full diversity of topics covered by contemporary human geography. The insights, advice and reflections from both previous students and academic staff who currently teach human geography add valuable insights that will both reassure students and help them avoid making common mistakes.

Peter Kraftl

Professor of Human Geography, University of Birmingham

This book will be an invaluable read for all Human Geography dissertation students. It conveys the excitement and possibilities of Human Geography research, whilst also alerting the reader to its challenges and pitfalls. This is certainly not a generic ‘how to do your dissertation’ textbook; instead it engages with Human Geography as a discipline and the role of the dissertation student as a producer of geographic knowledge. The book’s clear sections on designing, doing and delivering your dissertation, have useful examples, include input from the author’s students themselves, making this an accessible and comprehensive text.

Katie Willis

Professor of Human Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London

Kim Peters has written a much needed book that will be of great value to Geography students undertaking what is often the most challenging part of their degree, the dissertation. As a Geography lecturer I have often wished that a book such as this existed. Your Human Geography Dissertation goes way beyond a standard examination of the pros and cons of different research methods, covering a range of topics from the identification of dissertation subjects and the development of research questions through gathering data and writing up. It is a readable and highly accessible text full of helpful detail, practical advice and useful examples. Thank you Kim!

Jo Little

Professor in Geography, University of Exeter
Kimberley Peters - University of Liverpool