Methodologies in Urban Studies


Students are expected to develop the following skills:
a) Understanding of the nature and process of social science research;
b) Perception of different types of research and underlying methodological strategies;
c) Familiarization with the different research methods;
d) Ability to articulate theoretical conceptualization and empirical operationalization;
e) Ability to develop a research proposal, including theoretical construction and conceptualization, operationalization and measurement, case selection, data collection, analysisand interpretation;
f) Bibliographic research training and organization of academic reading and writing
g) Incorporation of the methodological procedures contained in the program through research experiments in Urban Studies

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Pedro Lopes de Oliveira Silva Nunes


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Babbie, Earl (2013), The practice of Social Research, Belmont, California Wadsworth Publishing Company (13th ed.).
Bryman, Alan (2012) Social Research Methods, Oxford, Oxford University Press,
Della Porta, Donatella e Michael Keating (eds.) Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences. A Pluralist Perspective, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Ragin, Charles (1994) Constructing Social Research. The Unity and Diversity of Method, Thousand Oaks, Pine Forge

Teaching method

The teaching-learning process combines: 1) theoretical/practical classes; 2) conducting research exercises; 3) research sessions in Urban Studies, according to the definedsyllabus (one for each research method) and 4) autonomous work.

Evaluation method

1) Preparation of a reading form from texts provided by the teacher or proposed by the students and validated by the teacher ((30%), 2) Writing a research proposal, in order to elaborate the 2nd semester dissertation / internship / projet plan, including identification of the research question, theoreticalframework and methodological choices (design and research techniques), arguing about its suitability and relevance.(70%)

Subject matter

I.Nature and research process
1.Types of research and methodological strategies
2.The research cycle and the investigation steps
II.Research Strategies
1.Quantitative research
1.1The nature of quantitative research
1.2The process of producing quantitative data: sample and questionnaire structure
1.3Use of Existing Data
1.4Analysis of Quantitative Data
1.5Quantitative Research in Urban Studies
2.Qualitative research
2.1.The nature of qualitative research
2.2.The interview in qualitative research
2.3.Ethnography and participant observation
2.4.The use of documents in qualitative research
2.5.Qualitative data analysis
2.6.Qualitative Research in Urban Studies
3.Overcoming the quantitative/qualitative dichotomy
3.1.Mix methods
3.2.Comparative-typological method
3.3.Mix methods Research in Urban Studies
III. Research resources and working methods
1.Diversity of sources,documentary research and resources(WEB)
2.Organizing the literature review
3.Writing: projects, reports, theses


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