Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Urban Economies

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Urban Economies

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Overview

In this timely Handbook, more than 17 renowned contributors from Asia, the Americas and Europe provide chapters that deal with some of the most intriguing and important aspects of research methodologies on cities and urban economies.


The Handbook comprises five parts: methodology, continental distinctions, positioning cities, planning for the future, and urban structures. The ‘methodologies’ section includes interviews, empirical and theoretical approaches whilst ‘continental distinctions’ offers contributions on China, North America, Europe, Latin America and South Africa. ‘Positioning’ treats cities in the international context and relates them to economic and administrative spaces whilst ‘planning’ includes general strategic economic planning, as well as the experience of individual cities. Finally, the ‘structures’ section refers to contextual and situational aspects of urban development.


Providing a comprehensive study of urban development and competitiveness, this Handbook will strongly appeal to students wishing to gain a deeper understanding of research methods in urban economics, urban studies and planning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781953488
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Edited by Peter Karl Kresl, Charles P. Vaughan Professor of Economics (Emeritus), Bucknell University, US and Co-founder and Past President, Global Urban Competitiveness Project and Jaime Sobrino, El Colegio de México

Table of Contents

Contents:


Introduction


PART I: BASIC METHODOLOGIES FOR RESEARCHING CITIES

1. City Makers, Federal Interventions and Territorial Organization: The Case of Mexico

Vincente Ugalde and Stéphanie Ronda


2. Empirical Approaches to Urban Competitiveness Analysis

Peter Karl Kresl


3. Comparative Urban Studies in Europe: An Introduction to the Euricur Method

Alexander Otgaar and Leo van den Berg


PART II: CONTINENTAL DISTINCTIONS

4. Analysis of Urban Well-being and its Influencing Factors in the Spatial Distribution in China

Ni Pengfei, Qingbin Li and Chao Li


5. A Comparative Approach to Doing Research on Cities: Comparing North American Cities to Others

Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay and Angélo Battaglia


6. Questions and Challenges in Studies on Latin-American Cities

José Marcos Pinto da Cunha


7. Doing Research in African Cities: The Case Study Method

James Duminy, Vanessa Watson and Nancy Odendaal


PART III: POSITIONING CITIES

8. Relating Cities to their International Context

Earl H. Fry


9. Defining the Urban Economic and Administrative Spaces

Carlo Salone


10. An Insight on the Unit of Analysis in Urban Research

Joan Trullén, Raphael Boix and Vittorio Galletto


PART IV: PLANNING FOR THE FUTURES

11. Evaluation of Strategic Planning Exercises

Peter Karl Kresl


12. Imagining the Future of an Individual City

John F. McDonald


13. The Limits of Environmental Management in the Mexico Megacity: The Air Pollution Case

José Luis Lezama


PART V: URBAN STRUCTURES

14. Urban Demographic Growth: The Case of Megacities

Jaime Sobrino


15. Evaluating the Urban Milieu of an Individual City

William F. Lever


16. Analysing Internal Migration Pathways in Mexico

Jaime Sobrino


17. Model Building for Infrastructure Initiatives

Bert van Wee, Jan Anne Annema and Hugo Priemus


18. Local Public–Private Relationships for Economic Development in Mexico: A Qualitative Analysis

Isela Orihuela


19. The Creative Urban Diaspora Economy: A Disparity Analysis Among Migrant Entrepreneurs

Karima Kourtit, Peter Nijkamp and Daniel Arribas-Bel


Index

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