1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Methodologies in Human Geography

    450 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    450 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Methodologies in Human Geography is the defining reference for academics and postgraduate students seeking an advanced understanding of the debates, methodological developments and methods transforming research in human geography.

    Divided into three sections, Part I reviews how the methods of contemporary human geography reflect the changing intellectual history of human geography and events both within human geography and society in general. In Part II, authors critically appraise key methodological and theoretical challenges and opportunities that are shaping contemporary research in various parts of human geography. Contemporary directions within the discipline are elaborated on by established and emerging researchers who are leading ontological debates and the adoption of innovative methods in geographic research. In Part III, authors explore cross-cutting methodological challenges and prompt questions about the values and goals underpinning geographical research work, such as: Who are we engaging in our research? Who is our research ‘for’? What are our relationships with communities?

    Contributors emphasize examples from their research and the research of others to reflect the fluid, emotional and pragmatic realities of research. This handbook captures key methodological developments and disciplinary influences emerging from the various sub-disciplines of human geography.


    Sarah A. Lovell, Stephanie E. Coen and Mark W. Rosenberg

    Part I: Origins, Reflections and Debates

    1. The Great Debate in Mid-Twentieth-Century American Geography: Fred K. Shaefer vs. Richard Hartshorne

    Trevor Barnes and Michiel van Meeteren

    2. The Archive and the Field: Methodological Procedures and Research Outcomes in the Work of Carl O. Sauer (1889-1975)

    W. George Lovell

    3. The Quantitative Revolution

    Mark W. Rosenberg

    4. Towards Interdisciplinarity: The Relationship between GIS/GIScience/Cartography and Human Geography

      Alberto Giordano

    5. Reflections on Human Geography’s Methodological ‘Turns’

      Robin Kearns

    6. For an Intersectional Sensibility: Feminisms in Geography

      Karen Falconer Al-Hindi and LaToya E. Eaves 

    7. Making Space for Indigenous Intelligence, Sovereignty and Relevance in Geographic Research

      Chantelle Richmond, Brad Coombes, and Renee Pualani Louis

    8. Geohumanities: An Evolving Methodology

      Sarah de Leeuw

      Part II: Methodologies of Human Geography’s Sub-Disciplines

      Sarah A. Lovell

    9. Affective Landscapes: Capturing Emotions in Place

      Ronan Foley 

    10. Geography’s Sexual Orientations: Queering the Where, the What, and the How

      John Paul Catungal and Micah Hilt 

    11. Political Geographies: Assemblage Theory as Methodology

      Jason Dittmer, Pooya Ghoddousi, and Sam Page

    12. Indigenous Geographies: Researching and De-colonising Environmental Narratives

      Meg Parsons and Lara Taylor

    13. Storytelling in Anti-colonial Geographies: Caribbean Methodologies with World-Making Possibilities

      Shannon Clarke and Beverly Mullings

    14. Historical Geographies: Geographical Antagonism and Archives

      David Beckingham and Jake Hodder

    15. Black Geographies: Methodological Reflections

      Renato Emerson dos Santos and Priscilla Ferreira 

    16. Digital Geographies and Everyday Life: Space, Materiality, Agency

      Casey R. Lynch and Bahareh Farrokhi

    17. GIS Science: Addressing Aggregation and Uncertainty

      Hyeongmo Koo and Yongwan Chun

    18. Health Geographies and Big Data Adventures: Methodological innovations, opportunities and challenges

      Malcolm Campbell and Lukas Marek

    19. Geographies of Disability: On the potential of Mixed Methods

      Sandy Wong and Diana Beljaars

    20. Methodologies for Animal Geographies: Approaches Within and Beyond the Human

    Guillem Rubio-Ramon and Krithika Srinivasan

    21. Urban Geographies: Comparative and Relational Urbanism

      Kevin Ward

    22. Economic Geographies: Navigating Research and Activism

      Kelly Dombroski and Gerda Roelvink

    23. Geographies of Education: Data, Scale/Mobilities and Pedagogies

      Yi’En Chen and Menusha De Silva

    24. Children’s Geographies: Playing with Participatory Methods

      Nicole Yantzi and Janet Loebach

    25. Anarchist Research Within and Without the Academy: Everyday Geographies and the Methods of Emancipation

      Richard J. White and Simon Springer

      Part III: Cross-cutting Issues in Human Geography Methodologies

      Stephanie E. Coen

    26. Politics, Institutions and Place: Researching Sensitive Subjects in Urban Contexts

    Peter Hopkins and Robin Finlay

    27. Navigating Ruralities in Human Geography Research: Reflections from Fieldwork in Complex Rural Settings

    Moses Kansanga, Elijah Bisung and Isaac Luginaah 

    28. Participatory Geographies: From Community-Engaged to Community-Led Research

    Heather Castleden and Paul Sylvestre 

    29. The Methodological Implications of Integrating Lived Experience in Geographic Research on Inequalities

      Claire Thompson

    30. What Role for More-Than-Representational, More-Than-Human Inquiry?

    Richard Gorman and Gavin Andrews

    31. Dear Feminist Collective: How Does One Take Up Slow Scholarship (in the Midst of Crises)?

    Jenna M. Loyd, Stepha Velednitsky, Ileana I. Diaz, Sameera Ibrahim, Carla Giddings, Kela Caldwell, Roberta Hawkins, Alison Mountz and Anne Bonds

    32. Refining research methodologies to make a difference in policy

    Carolyn DeLoyde and Warren Mabee


    Sarah A. Lovell is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

    Stephanie E. Coen is an Associate Professor in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, UK.

    Mark W. Rosenberg is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography and Planning and cross-appointed as a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.