Teaching a new mixed method in spatial case selection through depoliticize of planning. Case study: less developed regions

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Urban planning is an inherently political activity, Therefore, political science approaches are included in it; But this does not always have positive synergistic results of the cooperation of different disciplines in interdisciplinary; Especially in researches that focus on evaluation of plans and in important steps such as sampling, politicians' interventions have a bad effect; Because the quality and correct selection of samples has an undeniable effect on the generalizability of the research. So, it should be controlled by the researcher. In this research, we will introduce a mixed method in spatial case selection among less developed regions(provinces), while helping to improve the validity and reliability of the research, it will remove the shadow of political interference and bias in sampling. In line with the scope of the research, which is the less developed regions of Iran, sampling has been done. The sampling results in this research, show that the selected provinces from each cluster promote geographical and spatial contiguity with their previous (less developed) cluster, a matter that was expected to happen due to the isotropic property of spatial development. Keywords: Interdisciplinary Depoliticizing planning process Mix method Spatial case selection Less developed regions
Book of proceedings: 35th AESOP Annual Congress Integrated planning in a world of turbulence, Łódź, 11-15th July, 2023
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