Analysing digital multilocality between urban centres and rural peripheries: Combining and integrating digital and analogue research methods.

Bürgin, Reto; Mayer, Heike; Kashev, Alexander; Haug, Sigve (2022). Analysing digital multilocality between urban centres and rural peripheries: Combining and integrating digital and analogue research methods. Raumforschung und Raumordnung, 80(3), pp. 279-295. oekom 10.14512/rur.116

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The application of mixed methods in researching digitalisation and rural development has numerous benefits in terms of the integration of various data sources. In this paper, we present a novel, mixed methods approach that combines digital and analogue methods. We investigatemultilocal work arrangements of knowledge workers in Switzerland who mainly work in a central urban area but occasionally withdraw to peripheral mountain regions in order to conduct their work in a concentrated and undisturbed environment. To analyse such multilocal work arrangements, we use a mixed methods approach that incorporates six integratedmethods: geotracking, laptop and smartphone tracking, self-administered digital diaries, ethnographic walk-along observations and qualitative semi-structured interviews. Our study illustrates that mixed methods in digitalisation research provide in-depth insights, but that they also have limitations. Furthermore, we show how ethical standards can and should be used to create a basis of trust with the study participants and how this affects the
recruitment of the sample.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Economic Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Mathematics and Statistics > Institute of Mathematics
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
11 Centers of Competence > Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED)

UniBE Contributor:

Bürgin, Reto; Mayer, Heike; Kashev, Alexander and Haug, Sigve

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
500 Science > 510 Mathematics
700 Arts > 710 Landscaping & area planning
900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

1869-4179

Publisher:

oekom

Language:

English

Submitter:

Simon Andreas Künzi

Date Deposited:

12 Apr 2022 18:22

Last Modified:

05 Jul 2022 09:55

Publisher DOI:

10.14512/rur.116

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/169068

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/169068

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