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‘The leaves beneath my feet’: comparing children’s descriptions of their journey to school by travel mode

The journey to school is a daily ritual for millions of families. This form of everyday mobility gives shape to most children’s and their parent’s daily routines. Concerns over sedentary lifestyles, traffic congestion and environmental degradation have brought this rather mundane and commonplace travel behaviour into recent academic and policy focus. Among primary school children,…

Qualitative Researcher: Issue 12

Issue 12 of WISERD’s Qualitative Researcher contains: Editorial – Kate Moles The restorative dynamic of walking together – Karolina Ronander Exploring spatial (dis)locations through the use of roving focus groups – Joshua Inwood and Deborah Martin Toy tours: reflections on walking-whilst-talking with young children at home – Olivia Stevenson and Claire Adey Walking with Andrei…

Qualitative Researcher: Issue 12: Editorial

Mobile methods, and in particular walking methodologies, are increasingly adopted by researchers wishing to engage with ideas of place and identity. Walking is a fundamental practice in our social lives, and it has also been a common method adopted in much anthropological and, increasingly, sociological fieldwork (Lee and Ingold, 2006). Such approaches are underpinned by…

The restorative dynamic of walking together

Recently, social scientists have increasingly been seeking analytical purchase on the mobile nature of everyday life (Buscher, Urry & Witchger forthcoming; Buscher & Urry 2009; Ek & Hultman 2008; Ross, Renold, Holland & Hillman 2009) and the performativity of social action (Crang 2005; Cresswell 2002; Lorimer 2005; Thrift and Dewsbury 2000). The purpose of this…

Exploring spatial (dis)locations through the use of roving focus groups

In 2005, we conducted research that focused on the experiences of African American undergraduate students at a large U.S. university (Inwood and Martin 2008). Our goal was to better understand how race –or more accurately, “whiteness”- was evoked in the landscape of the university. As part of this research we employed two ‘roving focus groups’…

Toy tours: reflections on walking-whilst-talking with young children at home

Mobile research methods seek to observe “directly or in digitally enhanced forms mobile bodies undergoing various performances of travel, work, and play” (Sheller and Urry 2006: 217). In recent years a small, but growing, number of academics have begun to use ‘walking interviews’ as a legitimate mobile method (cf. Ricketts Hein et al. 2008; Lorimer…

Walking with Andrei in Swansea, or going where the path takes me…

“To question the habitual. But that’s just it, we’re habituated to it. … What we need to question is bricks, concrete, glass, our table manners, our utensils, our tools, the way we spend our time, our rhythms” (Georges Perec 1999: 210, my emphasis) This paper is about walking as both practice and potential method. It…

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A Primer of GIS: Fundamental Geographic and Cartographic Concepts

As the title of the book suggests, this is an introductory text to the fundamental aspects of the geographic and cartographic concepts that provide the basis for all GIS. However, it is not a traditional GIS textbook per se; in fact, it does not really discuss GIS technology in any substantive sense until chapter thirteen,…

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Book Review: Sally Galman Shane, the Lone Ethnographer: A Beginners Guide to Ethnography, Alta Mira Press, CA, 2007

As evidenced by a burgeoning literature base in the last two decades, there has been a significant increase in the number of studies that have demonstrated the use of geospatial technologies in a range of health application areas. Notwithstanding such research efforts the jury is arguably still out on whether this has led to wider…

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Towards a Data Rich Infrastructure for Housing Market Research: Deriving Floor Area Estimates for Individual Properties from Secondary Data Sources

Recent years have witnessed substantial advances in the precision and availability of digital infrastructure data, remote sensing data, and microscale socioeconomic data for urban areas in many parts of the world. However, these data still remain deficient in detail especially with respect to the fine-grained property-level structural attributes that form the basis of housing-market models…