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Doing Global Urban Research

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March 2018 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Whether you are an urban geographer, an urban sociologist or an urban political scientist, and whether you take a qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods approach, the challenge that confronts researchers of our increasingly "globalized" urban studies remains fundamentally the same—how to make sense of urban complexity.

This book confronts this challenge by exploring the various methodological approaches for doing global urban research, including Comparative Urbanism, Social Network Analysis, and Data Visualization. With contributions from leading scholars across the world, Doing Global Urban Research offers a key forum to discuss how the practice of research can deepen our knowledge of globalized urbanization.

John Harrison & Michael Hoyler
Chapter 1: Making Sense of the Global Urban
Nikos Katsikis
Chapter 2: Visualizing the Planetary Urban
Peter J. Taylor & Ben Derudder
Chapter 3: Exploring the World City Network
Zachary P. Neal
Chapter 4: Analysing Cities as Networks
Cristina Temenos & Kevin Ward
Chapter 5: Examining Global Urban Policy Mobilities
Donald McNeill & Andrea Pollio
Chapter 6: Tracking the Global Urbanists
Michele Acuto
Chapter 7: Engaging with Global Urban Governance
John Lauermann
Chapter 8: Evaluating Global Urban Sustainability
Christopher Gaffney, Sven Daniel Wolfe & Martin Müller
Chapter 9: Scrutinizing Global Mega-Events
Hyun Bang Shin
Chapter 10: Studying Global Gentrifications
David Wachsmuth
Chapter 11: Researching the Global Right to the City
Roger Keil
Chapter 12: Constructing Global Suburbia, One Critical Theory at a Time
Tim Bunnell
Chapter 13: Comparative Ethnographic Urban Research
Katherine V. Gough
Chapter 14: Doing Longitudinal Urban Research
Mariana Dantas & Emma Hart
Chapter 15: Historical Approaches to Researching the Global Urban
Michael Hoyler & John Harrison
Chapter 16: Advancing Global Urban Research

In the exciting recent whirl of theorising cities and urbanisation through new globalised and planetary configurations, empirical underpinnings have often struggled to keep pace. This much needed collection addresses this issue head-on offering a carefully assembled and importantly pluralistic set of tools, techniques and insights to guide and inspire new and enhanced routes into global urban research.

Andrew Harris
Co-director of UCL Urban Lab and Senior Lecturer in Geography and Urban Studies, UCL

This agenda-setting volume provides a cohesive, candid, and conceptually rich perspective on global urban research. Emerging and established scholars share insights about their methods, ethics, and research practices. These interdisciplinary perspectives make Doing Global Urban Research a valuable and provocative resource for researchers interested in global urban analysis.

Michael Glass
Senior Lecturer of Urban Studies, University of Pittsburgh

This is a landmark volume addressing the issue of the cumulative global significance and impacts of the majority of the world’s population living in cities. Under Harrison and Hoyler’s leadership, Doing Global Urban Research unlocks new intellectual and political territory to reconfigure the debates on why and how cities matter now and into the future.

Susan Parnell
Professor of Environmental & Geographical Science, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town

The cities of the world and the world of cities have transformed rather dramatically in the past half century. Instead of offering rather frictionless theorizing on these changes, this volume offers a very useful and highly reflective guide to do actual empirical research on a wide range of topics related to global urban studies.

Robert C. Kloosterman
Professor of Economic Geography and Planning, University of Amsterdam

Although there are myriad texts about cities, very few provide useful guidance on how and why to research them.  Harrison and Hoyler’s ‘Doing Global Urban Research’ does just that: it provides novice and seasoned scholars alike with a range of approaches to researching cross-cutting urban themes at the global scale. Highly recommended to those interested in researching cities from geographical, sociological, historical, and/or planning disciplinary lenses, particularly as looking ‘across’ methodological and theoretical perspectives has great potential to enhance research bridging the global and urban scales.

Thomas Sigler
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, The University of Queensland

While globalization has become a common subject of the social sciences, the practice of doing global urban studies has been neglected so far. This book provides a good sense of how to deal with this, both for students and researchers.

Markus Hesse
Professor of Urban Studies, University of Luxembourg

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