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“This excellent book fills a significant gap in the literature supporting planning education by providing clear, succinct advice on the design and implementation of small-scale student research projects.” – Chris Couch, Professor of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool “A perfect text for supervisors to give students so that they plan their research projects carefully rather than leap headlong into data collection.” – Jean Hillier, Emeritus Professor of Sustainability and Urban Planning, RMIT University, Melbourne “Highly recommended... Ranging across topics such as planning a research programme and data management and the handling of ethical issues, the book will be very helpful to those embarking on a thesis or dissertation in the field.” – Peter Fidler, President of the University of Sunderland Research Design in Urban ...

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Introduction

I have written this book in the belief that an important way in which students can improve the quality of their dissertations, and in which tutors can help them to do this, is by spending more time than is often devoted to it, on thinking in advance about research design. That is, contemplating the key decisions which have to be made in the conduct of research. Effort spent in thinking through these issues will make the conduct of the research much more straightforward, and will help with writing up the dissertation. It will help to avoid the situation, for example, in which you might find yourself somewhere near the deadline for submission of the dissertation with a lot of data but no clear ...

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