What is the current spatial form and structure of our urban environment, and how can we study the factors and forces that account for the specific structure of urban space, its social and political processes, population distribution and land use? Addressing these and other issues, the authors highlight specific research questions and the ways in which they can be approached by offering a framework for considering the various ways in which to do urban research. Covering such topics as how to choose a research design, secondary research methods for data collection and how to enhance research utilization, the authors demonstrate ways to pair research questions with specific levels of analysis, such as neighbourhood, city or national level.
About the Author
Dr. Andranovich received his BA from the University of Virginia's College at Wise and then went to George Mason University for his MA. After working for Prospect Industries (a commercial roofing and waterproofing company) in northern Virginia, he attended the University of California, Riverside, where he received his Ph D in political science. He worked for the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) and COSMOS Corp. in Washington, DC, and has taught at several universities, most recently Washington State University, before coming to CSULA in 1993. He has served as his Department's Chairperson, and as the Faculty Director of the Students Learning in Communities program at CSULA. He teaches and advises students in the public administration program. He believes that learning is best accomplished through a variety of approaches and typically uses a combination of lecture, discussion, portfolios, and group assignments in his courses. He regularly teaches American government, urban politics, and public policy courses. His research interests are in urban and regional policy making, and comparative public administration.
Table of Contents
The Nature of Applied Urban Research
The Urban Setting
Levels of Analysis
Preparing for Applied Urban Research
Data Collection in the Urban Setting
Reporting Your Research
Prospectus for Applied Urban Research