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Using Systematic Quantitative Literature Reviews for Urban Analysis


Pickering, C and Johnson, M and Byrne, J, Using Systematic Quantitative Literature Reviews for Urban Analysis, Methods in Urban Analysis, Springer, Scott Baum (ed), Singapore, pp. 29-49. ISBN 9789811616761 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-16-1677-8_3


This chapter discusses how students and early career researchers can use systematic quantitative literature reviews (SQLRs) to answer research questions about cities. These SQLRs can enable a greater understanding of complex patterns, processes, and relationships that occur in human settlements. The chapter begins by overviewing SQLRs, how they differ to narrative and meta-analysis reviews, and what are their benefits. We consider the importance of: starting the right way; being careful to specify the research question(s); exploring the interrelationship between concepts that will guide the literature search; and being clear about the keywords that will be of use for the search, as well as the definition of key terms. Next, we discuss the 15 steps of undertaking a SQLR, examining the opportunities, identifying pitfalls to avoid, and providing some strategies that students can employ to make their review successful. Using examples from existing systematic reviews on topics related to urban analysis, we work through the key principles of rigour, comprehensiveness, repeatability, and criteria for inclusion and exclusion. We then discuss how to develop the database and categorise data, before outlining good practices for analysing and visualising findings. We conclude by pointing to emerging directions on how the SQLR method is evolving.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:methods, research, urban analysis, systematic literature review
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:Johnson, M (Mr Malcolm Johnson)
UTAS Author:Byrne, J (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:147832
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2021-11-17
Last Modified:2021-12-06

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