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Research design is the process of defining a framework of research methods, techniques and philosophical paradigms by a researcher, and that effectively addresses the research problem allowing you to conduct your study. This means that you need to think about a methodology, and the specific methods or procedures of research guided by a philosophical worldview and/or research paradigm.


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  • Glossary: Research paradigms, Methodology, Methods

  • How to choose between qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods

  • Key Literatures



Glossary could be found in 'Building Blocks: Big Data Sources and Tools for Urban Design' Moodle Page. Click on the tab below to access the moodle page. Please ensure you are enrolled before accessing the tab.

how to choose between qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods

how to choose between qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods

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Key Literature

key literature

  • Chang, H. (2012) Is Water H2O? Evidence, Realism and Pluralism, London: Springer

  • Creswell, W. (2018) Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, London: Sage

  • Cuthbert, A. (2011) Understanding Cities : Method in Urban Design, Taylor & Francis

  • Feyerabend (1975, 1988): Against Method, Revised edition, London: Verso

  • Flyvbjerg, B. (2001) Making social science matter: Why social inquiry fails and how it can succeed again. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

  • Knight and Ruddock (Ed) (2008): Advanced Research Methods in the Built Environment, Wiley-Blackwell

  • Sayer, A. (1992) Method in social science: A realist approach. London: Routledge

  • Silva, A. et al. (2016): The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods, Taylor & Francis 

  • The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 

  • Ward, K. (ed.) (2012) Researching the city: a guide for students. London: Sage

  • Zeisel, J. (1984): Inquiry by design: tools for environment-behaviour research, Cambridge University Press


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