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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 13: Meta-analysis of previous empirical research findings

Jacques Poot

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


As in other fields in the social sciences, the number of applied spatial studies on any given topic has been growing very rapidly in recent decades. This trend is not just the result of an increase in the number of academics and others actively conducting empirical research, but also because of path-breaking changes in computer power and storage, the development of new methodologies and a flood of numbers on all aspects of life. All this research activity has become increasingly accessible through the Internet with electronic publication of working papers, journal articles and, more recently, books as well. Search engines, such as Google Scholar, give the student and researcher instantaneously a list of recent studies on any topic. The scientific impact of each contribution can be readily, albeit imperfectly, gauged by means of the number of ‘hits’ of a web page, downloads of an article, or the number of times a paper has been cited to date. Chapter 5 of this book discussed how a student or researcher can efficiently and effectively extract information from what is often a vast amount of literature on a topic in order to write the literature review. The literature review aims to be an objective assessment of what is known on a particular topic and, more importantly, may suggest what is not known yet. This can be the basis for formulating a new project: either developing new theory, or conducting new empirical analysis, or both.

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