Researching urban space and the built environment

By Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin, Elaine Tierney and Charlotte Wildman

Researching urban space and the built environment


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3361-8
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: August 2022
  • BIC Category: ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Methodology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Research, Historical Geography, The arts / History of architecture, The arts / Theory of architecture, Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning / Urban & municipal planning, Humanities / Historiography, Study & Learning Skills: General, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Modern History, History, Research Methods: General, History: theory & methods, History: Theory & Methods, HISTORY / Historiography
  • Series: IHR Research Guides


Researching urban space and the built environment is an accessible guide for historians keen to explore the spatial dimensions of the past. Written in a clear and lively style, it equips readers with the tools to effectively plan, research and write innovative spatial histories.

By outlining and summarizing the theories and methodologies particularly pertinent to spatial research, and by providing hands-on advice on locating evidence and archives, the book supports researchers in the development of their own original projects. Through engagement with a rich array of primary evidence and useful historiographical case-studies, the guide opens up a huge variety of research possibilities. This book is the ideal research companion for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as independent researchers. It is especially tailored for students in history and related disciplines in the humanities encountering spatial themes and methodologies for the first time.


Introduction: Researching urban space and the built environment
1: Theories and approaches to space and place
2: Planning a research project
3: Developing a methodology
4: Locating primary sources
5: Analysing primary sources
6: Writing up findings
Select bibliography


Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin is Lecturer in Early Modern History at Cardiff University

Elaine Tierney is a historian of design and material culture in the V&A Research Institute (VARI)

Charlotte Wildman is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Manchester

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