“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 Planning is a short, accessible, and clearly written text on how to design research for a dissertation planning project. Aimed at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, this text will:  • discuss research design, looking in detail at how researchers make their choices of methods  • examine these in reference to case studies/examples from the planning research literature  • explain to students how to interpret policy to define researchable questions  • review the issues comparatively  • situate the methodological questions in terms of research ethics. Packed with case studies, exercises, illustrations and summaries, Research Design in Urban Planning is an invaluable resource for students undertaking their first substantial, individual investigations.

Cross-national Comparative Research in Urban Planning

Cross-national Comparative Research in Urban Planning

Key questions

What is cross-national comparative research? What is its purpose?

What research purposes and questions do researchers investigate?

What justifications are there for such questions?

What is an appropriate logic for answering the question?

What methods of data generation are available?

How is data analysed?

What ethical issues are involved?

Key concepts

Cross-national comparative research, policy transfer, the rule of maximum similarity, the rule of maximum discreteness of focus


In recent years there have been many opportunities for students from the UK to begin to identify some differences in the way planning is practiced elsewhere in Europe. Mechanisms include courses on international comparative planning, and short field trips abroad, but also exchanges with planning schools abroad, where students may spend a ...

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