1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods

    572 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    572 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods is an expansive look at the traditions, methods, and challenges of research design and research projects in contemporary urban planning. Through case studies, an international group of researchers, planning practitioners, and planning academics and educators, all recognized authorities in the field, provide accounts of designing and implementing research projects from different approaches and venues. This book shows how to apply quantitative and qualitative methods to projects, and how to take your research from the classroom to the real world. The book is structured into sections focusing on

    Beginning planning research

    Research design and development

    Rediscovering qualitative methods

    New advances in quantitative methods

    Turning research into action

    With chapters written by leading scholars in spatial planning, The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods is the most authoritative and comprehensive handbook on the topic, providing both established and ground breaking coverage of spatial planning research methods. The book is an invaluable resource for undergraduate and graduate level students, young professionals and practitioners in urban, regional, and spatial planning.

    Introduction Elisabete A. Silva, Patsy Healey, Neil Harris, Pieter Van den Broeck 1.1 Introduction Patsy Healey  1.2: Learning the craft of research: a continuing process Patsy Healey, School of Architecture Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University UK 1.3: Shifting between academia and practice: reflections on doing planning research in a university environment Neil Harris, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University UK 1.4: Research methodology and my life: some personal reflections Mee Kam Ng, Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong  1.5: It takes more than just looking to make a difference: the challenge for planning research Heather Campbell, Department of Town and Regional Planning, Sheffield University, UK  1.6: The life-changing transitions of an academic research career, Elisabete A. Silva, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK  1.7: Learning the Craft of Academic Writing John Forester 2.1: Introducton Patsy Healey  2.2: Research Design Jacques du Toit, Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Pretoria, South Africa   2.3: Planning Research Ethics Huw Thomas, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK, and Francesco Lo Piccolo, University of Palermo, Italy 2.4: What can we learn from France? Some reflections on the methodologies of cross-national research Philip Booth, Department of Town and Regional Planning, Sheffield University, UK  2.5: Towards Social Holism: Social Innovation, holistic research methodology and pragmatic collective action Frank Moulaert, Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Spatial Planning, University of Leuven, Belgium, and Abid Mehmood, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK   2.6: Refutation and a scientific knowledge base for urban planning Chris Webster, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK   2.7: Inquiry and Design for Spatial Planning: three approaches to planning research in cities Piercarlo Palermo and Davide Ponzini, Department of Architecture and Planning, Politecnico di Milano, Italy  3.1 Rediscovering qualitative research Pieter Van den Broeck 3.2 Analyzing qualitative data Robert Silverman 3.3 Researching community Engagement in Post-1997 Hong Kong: Collaborative or Manipulative Practice? Mee Kam Ng 3.4. Planning for the Place: Ethnographic Research and Planning Practice. Sandra Lee Pinel 3.5. Researching professional perspectives in practice. A pedagogic-ethnographic approach.  Maria Håkansson 3.6 Analyzing cartographic representations in spatial planning Stefanie Dühr 3.7 Urban morphology and cultural expressions: qualitative methods to understand the city’s dynamic in a self-built area in Caracas, Venezuela. Gabriela Quintana 3.8 A value-oriented approach to discursive analysis of urban and regional planning Willem Buunk and Marloes van der Weide 3.9 Imagination as a Method for Generating Knowledge about Possible Urban Futures. Diane Davis and Tali Hatuka 3.10 From wicked problems to elusive planning: Exploring Dubai’s Development Conundrum Mahyar Arefi 4.1. Introduction (Elisabete A. Silva) 4.2. Thinking spatially, thinking statistically. Robert Haining. Dep. Geography, University of Cambridge, UK 4.3. Indicators and Spatial Planning: methods and applications. Cecilia Wong, Centre for Urban Policy Studies, School of Environment & Development , The University of Manchester, UK 4.4. Measuring space. Jose Pedro Reis, Elisabete A. Silva, Department of Land Economy, University Cambridge, UK and Paulo Pinho, Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment, School of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal 4.5. Regression analysis in Planning Research. Helen Bao, Dep. of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK 4.6. Spatial econometrics in practice. Pedro Matos, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, University of North Carolina, USA 4.7. Planning Support Systems (PSS) as research instruments. Stan Geertman, Department of Human Geography and Urban & Regional Planning. Utrecht University, The Netherlands 4.8. Geoprocessing and spatial planning. Some concepts and applications. Jorge Xavier da Silva e Tiago Badre Marino , Department and Lab of Geocomputation. Federal University  of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil  4.9. Spatial Simulation and the Real World. Digital Methods and Techniques in the Context of Strategic Planning. Claudia Czerkauer-Yamu, Andreas Voigt, Faculty of Planning and Architecture, Vienna University of Technology, Austria 4.10. Spatial Data Infrastructures for Spatial Planning Research. Massimo Craglia, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, European Commission, Europe 4.11. Urban Sprawl and Region Building. GU Chaolin, School of Architecture & Department of Urban Planning, Tsinghua University, China 5.1 Methodology in action: the relationship between research and practice
    Neil Harris, School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University 5.2 Research impact: should the sky be the limit? Simin Davoudi 5.3 Enabling transdisciplinary research on social cohesion in the city: the Social Polis experience. Davide Cassinari and Frank Moulaert 5.4. Research for policy relevance: critical reflections on government-sponsored research. Deborah Peel and Greg Lloyd 5.5. Using the case study approach to inform planning practice and research in Africa James Duminy 5.6 Urban masterplanning in China: a case study of policy and practice in Hua County Guanzeng Zhang, Baoyu Wang and Xinyan Jiang 5.7 Conceptual and epistemic uncertainty in planning – research for the renewal of industrial areas in Sweden. Anders Tornqvist 5.8 Cost-benefit analysis in participatory planning: a critical perspective Tore Sager 5.9 The strategic use of the charrette process for applied research.
    Zeenat Kotval-K and John R. Mullin 5.10 Engaging and educating young people in sustainable development: communicating research findings and planning practice in an active learning environment. Angela Uttke, Patricia Machemer and Zenia Kotval


    Elisabete A. Silva is a Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning at the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK. Her research interests focus on the application of dynamic urban models to urban planning (in particular GIS, CA, and ABM models). She is the co-author of A Planner’s Encounter with Complexity (Ashgate 2011) and editor of the journal Urban Design and Planning.
    Patsy Healey is Professor Emeritus in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, at Newcastle University, UK. She is the author of several widely read books in the planning field, and is particularly known for her work on collaborative planning processes. Recent books include Urban Complexity and Spatial Strategy-Making (Routledge 2007) and Making Better Places (Palgrave Macmillan 2010).
    Neil Harris is a Senior Lecturer in the Cardiff School of Planning and Geography, UK. He has engaged in both academic research and consultancy projects for government, professional bodies, and charities. He completed his professional planning education and doctorate at Cardiff and is a Chartered Town Planner.
    Pieter Van den Broeck is a Postdoctoral Researcher at KU Leuven, Belgium, and a Spatial Planner for the planning firm OMGEVING. His current research interests are in institutionalist planning theory, planning instruments and planning systems, territorial development through social innovation, and planning for sustainable development.