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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)

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)

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)

About the Author

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.

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