In this course students learn core research and evaluation methods for urban planning/management. The focus is on quantitative methods and evaluation techniques. The following topics are covered:
– Decision processes in urban planning and management
– Developing a conceptual model for a research problem
– Data analysis and modeling techniques
- Regression analysis
- Discrete choice modeling (incl. stated choice experiments)
– Evaluation techniques for decision making
– Survey methodologies.
Research methods are relevant in the first stages of the decision process where the aim is to generate knowledge about a problem or possible actions. Evaluation techniques are relevant in the last stage where the aim is to determine a preference ranking of action alternatives. The techniques are explicitly positioned in a decision process model.
The course consist of a series of lectures and literature study. Each lecture is complementary to the literature studied and accompanied by a practical where the students apply the theory to a case.