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Guerrillas in the [Urban] Midst: Developing and Using Creative Research Methods--Guerrilla Research Tactics


  • Glenda Amayo Caldwell
  • Lindy Osborne
  • Inger Mewburn
  • Philip Crowther


This paper explores what we are calling "Guerrilla Research Tactics" (GRT): research methods that exploit emerging mobile and cloud-based digital technologies. We examine some case studies in the use of this technology to generate research data directly from the physical fabric and the people of the city. We argue that GRT is a new and novel way of engaging public participation in urban, place-based research because it facilitates the co-creation of knowledge, with city inhabitants, "on the fly." This paper discusses the potential of these new research techniques and what they have to offer researchers operating in the creative disciplines and beyond. This work builds on and extends Gauntlett's "new creative methods" (2007) and contributes to the existing body of literature addressing creative and interactive approaches to data collection.

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  • Glenda Amayo Caldwell & Lindy Osborne & Inger Mewburn & Philip Crowther, 2015. "Guerrillas in the [Urban] Midst: Developing and Using Creative Research Methods--Guerrilla Research Tactics," Journal of Urban Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(3), pages 21-36, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:cjutxx:v:22:y:2015:i:3:p:21-36
    DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2015.1040288

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