Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Urban Economies


Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Urban Economies

9780857934611 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Peter Karl Kresl, Charles P. Vaughan Professor of Economics Emeritus, Bucknell University, US and Jaime Sobrino, El Colegio de México
Publication Date: April 2013 ISBN: 978 0 85793 461 1 Extent: 544 pp
In this timely Handbook, seventeen 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.

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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.
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‘I highly recommend students, teachers and researchers to enjoy reading this set of excellent papers.’
– Boris Graizbord, El Colegio de México

‘It is obvious that cities have long been the focus of analysis by the scholars and practitioners whose writings published in the Kresl–Sobrino Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Urban Economies. The depth and excellence of the numerous topics examined reflects effective networking between the scholars involved, their analyses of approaches, problems and potentials of cities on the numerous continents, and the continuing role of the Global Urban Competitiveness Project in encouraging the development of methodologies and data helpful in understanding the hard and soft determinants of the growth and decline of cities.’
– Pierre-Paul Proulx, Université de Montréal, Canada

‘This collection of essays provides a rich assortment of methods used to investigate the complex economic, social, environmental, demographic and political systems in cities throughout the world. It gives researchers, lecturers and students a useful taste of the different ways of studying these phenomena in diverse urban settings.’
– Ivan Turok, University of Glasgow, UK
Contributors: J.A. Annema, D. Arribas-Bel, A. Battaglia, R. Boix, J.M.P. da Cunha, J. Duminy, E.H. Fry, V. Galletto, K. Kourtit, P.K. Kresl, W.F. Lever, J.L. Lezama, Q. Li, J.F. McDonald, P. Ni, P. Nijkamp, N. Odendaal, I. Orihuela, A. Otgaar, H. Priemus, S. Ronda, C. Salone, J. Sobrino, D.-G. Tremblay, J. Trullén, V. Ugalde, L. van den Berg, B. van Wee, V. Watson


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

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

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

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

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

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