A Possible Solution for the Challenges of People-place Research

By Yingying Li.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies

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Place is a very ambiguous concept. On one hand, because place is hard to define precisely, researchers from multiple disciplines and theoretical traditions have conceptualized “place” from different points of view and operationalized place-related terms and definitions according to the needs of their respective disciplines, so since the 1960s, people-place research has become an interdisciplinary trend in social sciences. On the other hand, this interdisciplinary trend also has challenges. Place related literature is very messy, and the relations between various place-related concepts that have been utilized across multiple disciplines are not clear. This paper suggests solving the problems by defining people-place research as relationships and incorporating major methodologies that study place into a system.

Keywords: People-place, Interdisciplinary Research, Pluralistic World View

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 377.370KB).

Yingying Li

Ph.D Candidate, The Faculty of Built Environment, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia