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1st Edition

Research Methods for Environmental Studies
A Social Science Approach

ISBN 9781138680173
Published October 23, 2017 by Routledge
394 Pages 91 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The methodological needs of environmental studies are unique in the breadth of research questions that can be posed, calling for a textbook that covers a broad swath of approaches to conducting research with potentially many different kinds of evidence.  

Written specifically for social science-based research into the environment, this book covers the best-practice research methods most commonly used to study the environment and its connections to societal and economic activities and objectives. Over five key parts, Kanazawa introduces quantitative and qualitative approaches, mixed methods, and the special requirements of interdisciplinary research, emphasizing that methodological practice should be tailored to the specific needs of the project. Within these parts, detailed coverage is provided on key topics including the identification of a research project; spatial analysis; ethnography approaches; interview technique; and ethical issues in environmental research. 

Drawing on a variety of extended examples to encourage problem-based learning and fully addressing the challenges associated with interdisciplinary investigation, this book will be an essential resource for students embarking on courses exploring research methods in environmental studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to research methods in environmental studies

Chapter 2: A brief history of knowledge and argumentation

Chapter 3: General research design principles

Chapter 4: General principles of quantitative research

Chapter 5: Quantitative data and sampling

Chapter 6: Basic quantitative methods and analysis

Chapter 7: More advanced methods of quantitative analysis

Chapter 8: Spatial analysis and GIS

Chapter 9: General principles of qualitative research

Chapter 10: The case study method

Chapter 11: The ethnographic approach

Chapter 12: Actor-network theory

Chapter 13: Environmental discourse analysis

Chapter 14: Action research

Chapter 15: Mixed methods

Chapter 16: Data collection I: Principles of surveying

Chapter 17: Data collection II: Interviewing

Chapter 18: Ethical issues in environmental research

Chapter 19: Writing a research proposal

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Mark Kanazawa is a Professor of Economics at Carleton University, the United States. He has also held visiting positions at Stanford, UC-Berkeley, and the University of Illinois, and he has been awarded the Jacobs Fellowship at the Huntington Library and the Simon Fellowship at the Property and Environment Research Center. Kanazawa has published research in the areas of American economic history, law and economics, new institutional economics, water policy, economics of sports, and the economics of natural resources. He teaches courses in environmental and natural resource economics, western economic history, economics of sports, econometrics, and research methods in environmental studies.


"This book provides a holistic approach to research methods in environmental studies by looking into the epistemological underpinnings of contemporary issues in environmental studies. The contents are comprehensive; and the examples and case studies apt. Students in environmental studies will find the book a useful toolkit to reflect on how best to design research projects."Girma Zawdie, University of Strathclyde, UK