Quantitative and qualitative methods for the study of urban settlements

Sergi Cuadrado Ciuraneta, Antoni Durà Guimerà

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This paper presents the main methodological features of one research about the processes of urbanization and transformation of urban centers in the plain of the Alt Empordà (Girona). Through this methodology has been identified a new and complex urban model, which is deployed on the territory with new patterns of urbanization. On the one hand cartography and GIS have made possible the analysis of different patterns of urban development. On the other hand, the interviews allowed more complex understanding of aspects such as the factors that are behind the changes and the role that different actors in urban and territorial dynamics. This methodology is applicable to other coastal areas of Catalonia, the whole of Spain and other parts of Mediterranean Europe.
Translated title of the contributionMétodos cuantitativos y cualitativos para el estudio de los asentamientos urbanos
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-85
JournalAnales de Geografia de la Universidad Complutense
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Alt Empordàplain
  • Housing
  • Inventory of agents
  • Settlement
  • Typology of urban centers


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