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Doing International Research

Doing International Research
Global and Local Methods

© 2015 | 334 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This energetic and thought-provoking book encourages a reflexive, non-nationalistic approach to doing world research and sets out how to understand, plan, do and use this research.

Williams introduces a range of frameworks, from desk-based studies and traditional ethnography to the use of internet, satellites, robots, drones and ‘big data’, and provides exciting, interdisciplinary examples. This book is presented in a clear international style and uses creative approaches to researching peoples, places and world systems.

It explains:

  • desk-based research using international data including documentaries, museum objects, archives, data-sets and working with groups such as refugees, tourists and migrants
  • distance research using online videos, surveys and remote methods such as video conferencing and crowdsourcing
  • fieldwork abroad, including ethnography, street observation and mapping.

The book is also accompanied by a website, with the following features:

For Students

  • Weblinks for each chapter
  • Examples/summaries/templates related to text marked with
  • Additional thinking zones
  • An overview of data capture technologies

For Lecturers

  • Copies of all the figures and thinking zones for use in teaching material
  • PowerPoint slides for each chapter

Built upon the foundations of the author’s 30 years of research experience, and including original case studies from international students, this is an essential guide for anyone in the social sciences using or doing international and global research.

Chapter 1: Understanding world knowledge
Chapter 2: Theories and concepts in world research
Chapter 3: Searching and reviewing world literature
Chapter 4: Research design and logistics
Chapter 5: Research ethics and integrity
Chapter 6: Choosing research frameworks
Chapter 7: Data management
Chapter 8: Researching people
Chapter 9: Researching populations
Chapter 10: Researching places
Chapter 11: Mapping places
Chapter 12: Analysing world systems
Chapter 13: Analysing official documents
Chapter 14: Further analysis
Chapter 15: Reporting the research


This book is true to the ethos it claims to present, focusing on values such as ‘thinking without borders’, and ‘seeing through the eyes of others’. It is innovative in its approach to world research, which makes it a necessary and welcome contribution to the field.

Mireille Hebing
Regent’s University London

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Dr Gil Viry
School of Social and Political Studies, Edinburgh University
October 25, 2016

non-traditional approach to both international research itself and writing the book - really encouraging plus all the important stages and cases covered

Dr Marcin Grabowski
Political Science and International Relations, Jagiellonian University
August 26, 2016

This is a very good reference and text book for both tutors and students who are teaching/conducting international and comparative studies. I would definitely recommend this book.

Dr Tingting Yuan
Education Studies, Liverpool Hope University
March 23, 2016

A practical guide with useful infornation for those who are considering in conducting international researches.

Mr Marcos Ferasso
Business Administration , Federal University of Parana
January 12, 2016

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