Time flies when you are an academic. 10+ years ago I completed a PhD from the University of Manchester (UK), that predominantly focused on exploring the housing markets and regeneration. The research looked at the measurement of neighbourhood value using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Factor/Component Analysis, and Regression Modelling; plus measuring the impact of space with regards to neighbourhood value and spatial proximity to other socio-economic factors such as educational attainment using Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR). Institutional interviews added to the mixed-method approach that generated a central thesis that neighbourhood value often reinforces (dis)advantage. Most of the conceptual ideas still ring true, just as the policy approaches do but now under different names and guises. As do the methods and techniques that try to uncover evidence as correlation and causality.
I’d like to think I’m a better writer since it was published over 10 years ago. Looking forward though, it is more important to try and improve every day.
Thanks to those that give support in both positive praise and critique along the way. It drives us on…
Given the commercial currency of journal articles, it feels like the PhD monograph is starting to take a back seat. After a long period of reflection, I really like what I produced as a complete thesis format. No doubt a discussion for another blog on the pros and cons of thesis format. More self-deprecatingly, a full printed PhD monograph also makes a good laptop stand.
I’ve decided to provide a download here of the thesis. I’m sure it will be useful. Useful for; the general interest of what a PhD is (every PhD is different), literature, concepts/theory, methods/techniques, findings, discussion, conclusion, recommendations for policy and practice; further research ideas; inspiration, citation, praise, critique, and research contribution…
…and the joy that you will never have to go through what I did.
Here is the thesis to download :