Initiative

About Unpacking Fieldwork

What do we mean by challenging fieldwork? Based on our experience, we focus on four areas specifically, but not exclusively:

    • Challenging settings: Doing research that is politically unstable, difficult, or unsafe countries.
    • Challenging for respondents: Doing research with dangerous, vulnerable populations.
    • Challenging for researchers: Research exposing the researcher to dangerous, vulnerable, emotional, or disturbing situations and/or data.
    • Challenging logistics: Dealing with mobility issues, ethics approval or even with your supervisors.

We know that fieldwork is much more than these four areas, so we are happy to hear from your experiences!