Doing Development Research
- Vandana Desai - Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
- Rob Potter - University of Reading, UK (2003–2014)
Informed by years of research experience, Doing Development Research draws together many strands of action research and participatory methods, demonstrating their diverse applications and showing how they interrelate. The text provides:
· 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
· 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. This is the essential A-Z of development research.
"The collection is a tight volume containing the diverse insight of the many years of collective experience of a range of academics."
Focuses on social research methods in an international development context.
Doing Development Research by Desai and Potter links the practical component of development work with research. This book enables students to see the link between developmental work in communities and the research component. This book is a must in any student and practitioner's library.
Doing Development Research by Desai and Potter links the practical component of development work with research. This book enables students to see the link between developmental work in communities and the research component.
Once again, Desai and Potter have provided the Development Studies world with an excellent resource for both students, lecturers, supervisors and practitioners. Providing comprehensive insight into the complex dynamics of development research, this book is an essential guide for all.
This is an excellent book - find it valuable and have incorporated it into tow postgraduate research modules
This very helpful book is packed with practical advice about the opportunities and dangers of undertaking research in a different cultural context.
This book is an excellent resource for students thinking of undertaking research in developing countries at undergraduate or postgraduate levels.
The book, especially the parts that deals with practical preparation for and realisation of fieldwork and qualitative methods, will be very useful to our students. We present our students with a resource list rather than mandatory readings for the method course, and the book will be on the resource list from next course onwards.
This is a very comprehensive and useful book for anyone wanting to conduct research on development issues.