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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science

Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series

Edited by Robert Stimson

The chapters in this book provide coverage of the theoretical underpinnings and methodologies that typify research using a Spatially Integrated Social Science (SISS) approach. This insightful Handbook is intended chiefly as a primer for students and budding researchers who wish to investigate social, economic and behavioural phenomena by giving explicit consideration to the roles of space and place. The majority of chapters provide an emphasis on demonstrating applications of methods, tools and techniques that are used in SISS research, including long-established and relatively new approaches.

Chapter 6: Issues to do with data

Robert J. Stimson

Subjects: economics and finance, regional economics, geography, economic geography, environmental geography, human geography, research methods in geography, research methods, research methods in economics, research methods in geography, urban and regional studies, regional economics, research methods in urban and regional studies


In Chapter 4 there was a discussion of the approaches that are typically used in conducting research. Almost invariably conducting research involves using data - either by using existing data or by collecting new data, or a mixture of both - which is analysed and interpreted by the researcher to generate information that sheds light on the research questions being investigated in undertaking research. Amedeo et al. (2009: 29) point out that ‘existing data often cannot be used as the sole source or even a source of information to adequately address a research question’. It is, then, very likely that researchers will have to generate their own information through the process of: · data collection; · recording; and · measurement; in order to address their specific research question.

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