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The city is a complex object. Some researchers look at its shape, others at its people, animals, ecology, policy, infrastructures, buildings, history, art, or technical networks. Some researchers analyse processes of in- or exclusion, gentrification, or social mobility; others biological evolution, traffic flows, or spatial development. Many combine these topics or add still more topics beyond this list. Some projects cross the boundaries of research and practice and engage in action research, while others pursue knowledge for the sake of curiosity. This volume embraces this variety of perspectives and provides an essential collection of methodologies for studying the city from multiple, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary perspectives. We start by recognizing that the complexity of the urban environment cannot be understood from a single vantage point. We therefore offer multiple methodologies in order to gather and analyse data about the city, and provide ways to connect and integrate these approaches.

The contributors form a talented network of urban scholars and practitioners at the forefront of their fields. They offer hands-on methodological techniques and skills for data collection and analysis. Furthermore, they reveal honest and insightful reflections from behind the scenes. All methodologies are illustrated with examples drawn from the authors own research applying them in the city of Amsterdam. In this way, the volume also offers a rich collection of Amsterdam-based research and outcomes that may inform local urban practitioners and policy makers.

Altogether, the volume offers indispensable tools for and aims to educate a new generation of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary-minded urban scholars and practitioners.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. Nanke Verloo, Luca Bertolini
  3. pp. 12-21
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  1. 2. Quantitative data collection: A meta view
  2. Willem Boterman
  3. pp. 22-36
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  1. 3. Urban ethnography and participant observations: Studying the city from within
  2. Nanke Verloo
  3. pp. 37-55
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  1. 4. Sensing the city through new forms of urban data
  2. Achilleas Psyllidis
  3. pp. 56-69
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  1. 5. Interviewing in urban research
  2. Fenne M. Pinkster
  3. pp. 70-84
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  1. 6. Digging in the crates: Archival research and historical primary sources
  2. Tim Verlaan
  3. pp. 85-95
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  1. 7. Reading spaces: A cultural analysis approach
  2. Daan Wesselman
  3. pp. 96-109
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  1. 8. The practice of institutional analysis in urban contexts
  2. Federico Savini
  3. pp. 110-123
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  1. 9. Household preferences and hedonic pricing
  2. Hans R.A. Koster, Jan Rouwendal
  3. pp. 124-144
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  1. 10. Urban research in another dimension: methods for modelling historical cities
  2. Claartje Rasterhoff
  3. pp. 145-159
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  1. 11. Mapping the city: Geographic Information Systems and science in urban research
  2. Rowan Arundel
  3. pp. 160-176
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  1. 12. Methods for studying urban biodiversity
  2. Gerard Oostermeijer
  3. pp. 177-195
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  1. 13. Action research in the city: developing collaborative governance arrangements for the urban commons
  2. Joachim Meerkerk, Stan Majoor
  3. pp. 196-211
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  1. 14. Streetlabs as a co-creative approach to Research Through Design
  2. STBY (Nina Stegeman, Geke van Dijk, Bas Raijmakers)
  3. pp. 212-225
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  1. 15. Too many cities in the city? Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary city research methods and the challenge of integration
  2. Machiel Keestra, Nanke Verloo
  3. pp. 226-242
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  1. 16. Exploring city science
  2. Caroline Nevejan
  3. pp. 243-265
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  1. 17. Conclusions
  2. Luca Bertolini, Nanke Verloo
  3. pp. 266-271
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 272-286
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  1. List of contributors
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ISBN
9789048553099
MARC Record
OCLC
1225555771
Pages
292
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
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