Investigating Agency: Methodological and Empirical Challenges
Summary, in English
In an effort to combine general methodological considerations with concrete empirical practicalities, we share our own struggles in developing an adequate methodology for the ReGrow (Regional Growth Against All Odds) project. There we conduct twelve comparative in-depth case studies that zoom in on the role of agency in regional development. In the process of conducting the case studies, we have reflected, revised, and improved the methodology and identified six main challenges: Getting the ontology right, Getting the research design right, Getting the time period right, Getting the spatial scale right, Getting the research instruments right, and Getting the data collection right.
In this paper we discuss these challenges in turn, as well as our strategies to overcome them. In doing so, we provide methodological insights and guidance to other scholars of agency and structure in regional development.
- Department of Human Geography
Conference paper: abstract
- Economic Geography
- Regional Development
- Case Study
Regional Innovation Policies Conference 2019
2019-11-07 - 2019-11-08
- Regional Growth against all odds