Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series
Edited by Robert Stimson
This volume is the final product from the Australian Research Council Research Network in Spatially Integrated Social Science (ARCRNSISS), which was funded by the Council from late 2004 to the end of 2009. The chapters in the book are based on presentations from a wide range of social scientists – mostly from Australia but also from the US, New Zealand and the UK – who were involved as instructors in the annual residential Summer School for Graduate Students in Spatially Integrated Social Science Theory, Methods and Applications which was attended each February by 20 to 25 graduate students. The purpose of the Summer School was for graduate students drawn from a range of disciplines in the social sciences and from across the Australian university system to receive intensive training in research taking a spatially integrated approach in the social sciences. Over the last couple of decades there has been a growing interest in spatially integrated social science (SISS) research internationally, reflecting an increasing recognition of the importance of the roles of space and place as important consideration in analysing and modelling social and economic phenomena and in investigating human behaviour. That is reflected in part in a growing number of journals that are interdisciplinary in scope and that have an explicit focus on spatial phenomena.