Grounded Theory as an Approach to Explore the Use of Public Open Spaces to Enhance the Cities' Resilience to Disasters

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Grounded theory is a popular research method in social science researches, yet comparatively unfamiliar in the planning and designing literature. However, the use of grounded theory in exploring new concepts and theories from the gathered data, allows to bring unique benefits to the research as well as many challenges and criticisms. Within this context, this paper explores the benefits, challenges and criticisms of using grounded theory as the research method within the research fields of urban planning and disaster resilience. Specifically, the paper analyses the use of grounded theory within the research of exploring the use of public open spaces to enhance the cities’ resilience to disasters. First, the paper presents the factors effected to make the decision of selecting grounded theory as the research method in this particular research. Followed by the elements of the selected version of grounded theory. Then the discussion flows through the benefits, challenges and criticisms of using grounded theory within the research study. Finally, the findings suggest set of strategies that can be used to harness the potentials and to overcome the criticisms and challenges of using grounded theory as the research method within the field of planning and designing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFARU Proceedings - 2017
Subtitle of host publication“Design that cares” - multi disciplinary approaches to creating sustainable and meaningful built environments
EditorsUpendra Rajapaksha
Place of PublicationMoratuwa
PublisherFaculty of Architecture: University of Moratuwa
Pages562-573
Number of pages12
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9789559027676
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
Event10th International Built Environment Research Conference: "Design that Cares": An Interdisciplinary Approach to Making Built Environments Efficient and Meaningful - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 8 Dec 201710 Dec 2017
Conference number: 10
https://www.mrt.ac.lk/foa/faru2017/ (Link to Conference Website)

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Conference10th International Built Environment Research Conference
CountrySri Lanka
CityColombo
Period8/12/1710/12/17
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Jayakody, C., Amaratunga, D., & Haigh, R. (2017). Grounded Theory as an Approach to Explore the Use of Public Open Spaces to Enhance the Cities' Resilience to Disasters. In U. Rajapaksha (Ed.), FARU Proceedings - 2017: “Design that cares” - multi disciplinary approaches to creating sustainable and meaningful built environments (Vol. 2, pp. 562-573). Moratuwa: Faculty of Architecture: University of Moratuwa.
Jayakody, Chathuranganee ; Amaratunga, Dilanthi ; Haigh, Richard. / Grounded Theory as an Approach to Explore the Use of Public Open Spaces to Enhance the Cities' Resilience to Disasters. FARU Proceedings - 2017: “Design that cares” - multi disciplinary approaches to creating sustainable and meaningful built environments. editor / Upendra Rajapaksha. Vol. 2 Moratuwa : Faculty of Architecture: University of Moratuwa, 2017. pp. 562-573
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Jayakody, C, Amaratunga, D & Haigh, R 2017, Grounded Theory as an Approach to Explore the Use of Public Open Spaces to Enhance the Cities' Resilience to Disasters. in U Rajapaksha (ed.), FARU Proceedings - 2017: “Design that cares” - multi disciplinary approaches to creating sustainable and meaningful built environments. vol. 2, Faculty of Architecture: University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, pp. 562-573, 10th International Built Environment Research Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 8/12/17.

Grounded Theory as an Approach to Explore the Use of Public Open Spaces to Enhance the Cities' Resilience to Disasters. / Jayakody, Chathuranganee; Amaratunga, Dilanthi; Haigh, Richard.

FARU Proceedings - 2017: “Design that cares” - multi disciplinary approaches to creating sustainable and meaningful built environments. ed. / Upendra Rajapaksha. Vol. 2 Moratuwa : Faculty of Architecture: University of Moratuwa, 2017. p. 562-573.

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Jayakody C, Amaratunga D, Haigh R. Grounded Theory as an Approach to Explore the Use of Public Open Spaces to Enhance the Cities' Resilience to Disasters. In Rajapaksha U, editor, FARU Proceedings - 2017: “Design that cares” - multi disciplinary approaches to creating sustainable and meaningful built environments. Vol. 2. Moratuwa: Faculty of Architecture: University of Moratuwa. 2017. p. 562-573