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PHD TOPIC DECISION HELP. URGENT.


I m planning to work on changing landscape of the city in the context of development. like exploration of distinctive urban spaces through the categories of consumer culture, occupation, infrastructure- like streets, markets, changing occupations, commercial hubs, recreational spaces etc.
Now the work would be macro but i want to do field study and take up micro approach like doing qualitative research like interviews and so on. How to focus on a micro topic under this macro premise? Suggest me some specific objectives with focus on human agency.

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answered 7 days ago

Ryan S.

Hi Daisy,

I would suggest that you look into the future of smaller cities, and their development. The larger cities such as London have extensive urban planning already to ensure that they offer people everything from work, to housing (albeit it sometimes expensive), retail, commercial, entertainment etc.

However much smaller cities lag behind this. For instance I live in a UK-city called Hull which over the years has had extensive regeneration down in the centre, but also on the outskirts. Now, with the current retail climate, the local council are finding it difficult to make the city centre viable, and to have a robust, and growing local economy. Though, it could be argued that this has come from years of neglect when it comes to making the city centre and desirable place for offices, residential, entertainment, retail etc.

If you want to do interviews I would say focus on a city such as Hull, and undertake interviews with local businesses, residents to see what is lacking. How can UK councils regenerate their city centre's with a public/ private investment mix. What are the priorities. What have these cities failed to do?

This is an interesting subject now, even in developed nations such as the UK which are already highly urbanised. If you would like to discuss this more feel free to private message me.

Thanks,

Ryan

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answered 7 days ago

Harcourt W.

I have found that interviews tend to run all over the map in terms of focusing the respondent on the topic's viable points. A Likert Scale requires you to first boil down the salient points into a series of questions that make it easier for participants and permit gathering a larger number of respondents. This tends not to be the case in interviews that take longer and thus limit the number of participants. By having a larger respondent field, bias is reduced in addition to being able to ask more questions. By determining the questions in advance for the Likert Scale, you are able to take control of the survey process and gain insights on problem areas - however, this requires you to first do some research spade work to ascertain what questions to ask and the order they are it. If you would like to develop this further please message me as I have conducted a broad range of surveys.

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