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Introduction

Authored by: Patsy Healey

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods

Print publication date:  November  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415727952
eBook ISBN: 9781315851884
Adobe ISBN: 9781317917038

10.4324/9781315851884.ch1.1

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Abstract

Doing good research is not just a question of following appropriate technical procedures. It takes complex judgements, imaginative insight and intense critical exploration of the topic in hand. Research requires professional skill, just as doing good planning work does. And as with the development of planning skills, it takes education, experience and time to mature. How can we build these skills in the planning field? To introduce this question and the book as a whole, we begin the discussion of research methods with biographical profiles of planning researchers, to illuminate the diverse personal journeys people have taken in developing their research focus and expertise. These profiles are not just career descriptions. They are also reflections on many of the conceptual, methodological and institutional issues raised in the rest of this book.

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