Learning the Craft of Research

A continuing process

Authored by: Patsy Healey

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods

Print publication date:  November  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415727952
eBook ISBN: 9781315851884
Adobe ISBN: 9781317917038


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I have often told the story of how I came into the planning field. After a few years working in the planning department of a London borough in the 1960s, during which I got my professional planning qualifications by studying part-time, I still felt I knew little about the planning activity I was involved in. I did, however, come from an academic family, so I thought that by doing a PhD I might get a better idea of the nature of the planning endeavour. This led me to get accepted for doctoral studies at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 1969. I was lucky at the time because a new master’s and doctoral programme in urban and regional planning had just been established, and my interest and professional background seemed to fit the profile of the students they were looking for.

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