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Seeing the City

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Study of the Urban

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.

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

This book can be downloaded and viewed in full or per chapter by participants of the openresearch platform. Other interested parties can order the book at the Amsterdam University Press.

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Table of contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Quantative Data Collection: a meta view
  3. Urban ethnography and participant observations: Studying the city from within 
  4. Sensing the city through niew forms of urban data
  5. Interviewing in urban research
  6. Digging the crates: Archival research and historical primary sources
  7. Reading spaces: A cultural analysis approach
  8. The practice of institutional analysis in urban contexts
  9. Household preferences and hedonic pricing
  10. Urban research in another dimension: Methods for modeling historical cities
  11. Mapping the city: Geographic information Systems in science and urban research
  12. Methods for studying urban biodiversity
  13. Action research in the city: developing collaborative governance arrangements for the urban commons
  14. Streetlabs as a co-creative approach to Research Through Design
  15. Too many cities in the city? Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary city research and the challenge of integration
  16. Exploring City Science
  17. Conclusions

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