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Key Methods in Geography

Key Methods in Geography

Fourth Edition
Edited by:

April 2023 | 784 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Key Methods in Geography is the perfect introductory companion, providing an overview of qualitative and quantitative methods for human and physical geography. The fourth edition of this essential and accessible primer covers the breadth of the discipline and offer critical and contextual perspectives on research methods. New coverage takes account of newer technologies and practice, and 9 new chapters bring greater diversity of positionality and perspective to the volume, including decolonial methods, predicting, visualizing and modelling climate and environmental change, and writing up research. Case study examples, summaries and exercises have been included in each chapter to enable learning.

This is vital reading for any student undertaking a Geography Methods module as well as a valuable resource for any student embarking on independent research as part of their degree.

Starting Points And Perspectives
Getting Started In Geographical Research: How This Book Can Help
Health, Safety And Risk In The Field
On Being Ethical In Geographical Research
Identifying And Reviewing The Key Literature For Your Assignment
Effective Research Communication
Fundamentals Of Mapping And GIS
Decolonial Methods
Exploring Human And More-Than-Human Geographies
Historical And Archival Research
Conducting Questionnaire Surveys
Semi-Structured Interviews And Focus Groups
Respondent Diaries
Participant Observation
Researching Affect And Emotion
More-Than-Human Research Methodologies
Textual Analysis
Interpreting The Visual
Using Digital Social Data In Geographic Research
GeoHumanities And Creative Research Methods
Critical GIS
Quantitative Modelling In Human Geography
Exploring The Physical Environment
Making Observations And Measurements In The Field
Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) For Predicting, Visualizing, And Modelling Environmental Change
Getting Information From The Past: Palaeoecological Studies Of Terrestrial Ecosystems
Numerical Modelling: Understanding Explanation and Prediction in Physical Geography
Simulation And Reduced Complexity Models
Remote Sensing And Satellite Earth Observation
Digital Terrain Analysis
Environmental GIS
Models And Data In Biogeography And Landscape Ecology
Environment And Sustainability: Environmental Auditing, Impact Assessment And Valuation Revised
Geographical Analysis: Interpreting, Visualising, And Representing Geographical Data
Making Use Of Secondary Data
Using Statistics To Describe And Explore Spatial Data
Exploring And Presenting Quantitative Data
Case Study Methodology
Making Sense Of Qualitative Data: Coding, Organizing, And Analyzing
Video, Audio And Technology-Based Applications
Writing: An Embodied Spatial Practice of Scholarly Sharing
Perspectives On Research In Practice
Encountering The Digital In Human Geography Research
Doing Engaged Scholarship: Why Methods Matter

An in-depth inquisition of the complex dynamic landscape associated with human and physical geography and their interactions, expertly articulated and packaged by an ecosystem of experts, key methods in geography is an ideal reference book for novice and experienced researchers. 
Faith Njoki Karanja - Geoinformation Expert

Dr Faith Njoki Karanja
University of Nairobi

This usefully revised book should be essential reading for any of our undergraduates (and even postgraduates), particularly those undergrads in their final year that are undertaking independent diss/project work. As I have done with previous editions, I will certainly recommend it to all my supervisees and will suggest to colleagues that they do the same. Many colleagues probably already do so, either through the tutorial programme, the dissertation/project modules or fieldwork modules.
[One thought: in future editions, there will perhaps be a need for a dedicated chapter on use of AI in research. I notice that AI appears in the index of this volume but understandably doesn't cover the latest developments in the field (e.g. release of ChatGPT and the like).]

Dr Stephen Tooth
Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University
June 28, 2023

It is important for students to have a disciplinary book that confirm all of them how to make their research dissertation.

Professor Gustavo Rodríguez
Geography, Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero
September 24, 2023

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