MOOC: Studying Cities: Social Science Methods for Urban Research

This free online course on Social Science Methods for Urban Research was created in partnership with Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

Course description

Learn to conduct scientific research in an urban or local context! "Studying Cities: Social Science Methods for Urban Research" is the most recent MOOC developed by IHS, that can help you do just that. By attending this online course, you will become more familiar with the different steps of the research cycle and you will gain the basic knowledge needed for any Master-level programme. The unique twist to this MOOC is the urban and local development orientation, which makes it perfect for current and future professionals who wish to work in an urban context.

Throughout this course, you will get lectures on the problem statement, research objective, empirical cycle and the research question, but also on the components and criteria of the theoretical framework and operationalization, research strategies, as well as the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. 


  • Dr. Jan Fransen, Head of Education and Training, IHS
  • Laura Neijenhuis (former staff, IHS)
  • Dorcas Nthoki (former staff, IHS)
  • Rick Wolff (Senior Educational Advisor, Risbo)
  • Maria Zwanenburg (former staff, IHS)

How can I join this course?

The course is available on Coursera. The sign-up is free, but you will need to create a Coursera account if you wish to participate.

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