Drawing on Ethnographic Methods in Urban Research

Hayley Henderson, Kelum Palipane, Cherry Hense (ed.), Gemma McKibbin (ed.), Julie McCleod (ed.), Caroline Phillips (ed.), Sophie Rudolph (ed.)

The University of Melbourne | Published : 2015


This working paper provides an overview of two distinct experiences to adopting ethnographic methods in urban research. It draws on the authors’ research in Melbourne, Australia and Buenos Aires, Argentina across the built environment fields of urban planning and design. The methodological approaches developed by the authors draw on their own experiences to capitalise on ’experiential sameness’ (Mohammad, 2001, p.104): to build on their knowledge of the ’researcheds reality’ (Ibid) or as ’insiders afterwards’ (Norell, 2007, p.106). The contribution by the first author presents an argument for incorporating an ethnographic sensibility to case study research that can enable closer study of the..

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