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Doing Development Research

Doing Development Research

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336 pages | SAGE India
Doing Development Research is a comprehensive introduction to research methods making it the essential A to Z of development research.

The book offers a thorough training for anyone carrying out research in developing countries by bringing together authors with extensive experience of development research, with each presenting an interdisciplinary guide to the core methodologies.

The book features:

- An account of the theoretical approaches that underlie development work

- An explanation of the practical issues involved in planning development research

- A systematic overview of information and data collecting methods in three sub-sections: methods of social research and associated forms of analysis; using existing knowledge and records; and disseminating findings / research

Using clear and uncomplicated language illustrated with appropriate learning features throughout, the text guides the researcher through the choice of appropriate methods, the implementation of the research, and the communication of the findings to a range of audiences.


The Raison d'être of Doing Development Research

Doing Fieldwork in Developing Countries: Planning and Logistics

Tony Binns
Ethical Practices in Doing Development Research

Lynne Brydon
Working in Different Cultures: Issues of Race, Ethnicity and Identity

Caesar R A Apentiik and Jane L Parpart
Women, Men and Fieldwork: Gender Relations and Power Structures

Janet Henshall Momsen
Working with Children in Development

Lorraine Van Blerk
Collecting Sensitive and Contentious Information

Margaret E Harrison
Dealing with Conflicts and Emergency Situations

Morten Boas, Kathleen M Jennings and Timothy M Shaw
Working with Partners: Educational Institutions

Bill Gould
Working with Partners: Government Ministries

Mansoor Ali and Andrew Cotton
Working with Partners: NGOs and CBOs

Claire Mercer
Doing Development Research 'at Home'

Tim Unwin

Quantitative, Qualitative or Participatory? Which Method, for What and When?

Linda Mayoux
Field Surveys and Inventories

David Arker

Katie Willis
Focus Groups

Sally Lloyd-Evans
Your Questions Answered? Conducting Questionnaire Surveys

David Simon
Lost in Translation? The Use of Interpreters in Fieldwork

Janet Bujra
Ethnography and Participant Observation

Jan Kees Van Donge
Participatory Methods and Approaches: Tackling the Two Tyrannies

Harriot Beazley and Judith Ennew
Diaries and Case Studies


Literature Reviews and Bibliographic Searches

Paula Meth and Glyn Williams
Using Indigenous Local Knowledge and Literature

Cathy Mciiwaine
Using Images, Films and Photography

Cheryl Mcewan
Using Archives

Michael Jennings
Remote Sensing, GIS and Ground Truthing

Dennis Conway and Shanon Donnelly
The Importance of Census and Other Secondary Data in Development Studies

Allan M Findlay
Using the World Wide Web for Development Research

Emma Mawdsley
Data from International Agencies

Jonathan Rigg

Writing an Effective Research Report or Dissertation

Stephen Morse
How is Research Communicated Professionally?

Sally Gainsbury and Cheryl Brown


Students and practitioners of development studies will benefit from the book. They stand to gain from the range of the issues discussed with examples from the field. The changes in development studies over the last few decades have been discussed, along with new tools such as the Internet, documentaries, photographs and plays, cautioning researchers at each stage about specific limitations. There lies the strength of the book.

Indian Journal of Gender Studies

Doing Development Research Captures well the changed situation under which both the researched as also the researchers should ideally find themselves in. The intended readers of the book are budding researcher who are the contemplating doing empirical research on development in the South.

Journal of Social and Economic Development

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Vandana Desai

My research involves an integrated strategy of cross disciplinary research collaboration combining my own background in development with the work of academics from geography, sociology, social policy, gerontology and international NGOs such as Practical Action and WaterAid in seeking to influence international policy making – focussing on theoretical and implementation issues in development policy, urban governance, and North-South donor relations in areas of low-income housing and infrastructural development (water and sanitation), ageing and gender issues. ... More About Author

Rob Potter (b. 1950 –d. 2014)

Professor Rob Potter is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Reading.  His research and teaching interests span development geography and development studies; urban geography; return migration; transnationality and issues of identity.  He is author of the texts Key Concepts in Development Geography (Sage, 2012), Geographies of Development (Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2008), The Companion to Development Studies (Hodder, 2008), Doing Development Research (Sage, 2006) and The Contemporary Caribbean, Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2005).  He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary journal Progress in Development... More About Author