Utilizing Walking Methods and Mini-Ethnographies in Olympic cities by Mike Duignan

This three-part series looks at how one can use walking methods in complex organisational environments, using Olympic cities as one example. This is based on a research paper published by Dr Mike Duignan (University of Surrey) and Prof David McGillivray (UWS). The videos illustrate how complex environments are fertile grounds for social analysis. Furthermore, peripatetic approaches like walking are useful for many reasons, some of these include:

  • Walking methods help activate new problems and generate data insights by being present in real-time
  • Specifically, they help understand how space is configured and how relations between humans, non-humans, natural and social environments are transformed as a result (e.g. the case looks at how becoming an Olympic city temporarily changes the way visitors, residents flow and businesses operate during live staging periods and the kinds of social problems that may arise
  • Generates additional data sets that are often highly visual (e.g. images, video, descriptively powerful by taking audio field notes etc) and easy to triangulate with other sorts of data like interviews, surveys, focus groups