K/122 - Huntingdon Room, Kings Manor Kings Manor, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EP
K/122 - Huntingdon Room, Kings Manor Kings Manor, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EP


13 Mar 2024


9:45 am - 1:00 pm

Ethics & Security in Fieldwork – Practical Questions, Research Reflections & Managing Challenges

This half-day workshop is organised by the Security, Conflict and Justice (SCJ) and the Civil Society, Development and Democracy (CDD) Pathways and is open to all ESRC and non-ESRC funded PhD and MA Social Research students within the WRDTP’s seven partner universities. Whilst this workshop is aimed at CDD and SCJ Pathway students, PGRs from all seven interdisciplinary Pathways are welcome to attend.

This workshop will bring together academics, practitioners and PGRs to consider the practical, security and ethical challenges presented by conducting fieldwork in risky environments. Drawing upon the expertise of a security practitioner who has assisted NGOs and academic researchers to pursue fieldwork activities in challenging security contexts, the panelist will offer practical insights into how to conduct fieldwork securely, including advice that can be integrated into designing risk management protocols. The panel will also include two presentations from academics with experience of conducting research in challenging settings. As well as reflecting upon their own fieldwork experiences, they will also offer insights into the ethical challenges to be considered when conducting fieldwork in settings impacted by issues of crime, conflict and insecurity. This panel is designed to stimulate PGR reflection on how to identify/address/manage the security and ethical challenges arising within their own doctoral research projects. In the table discussions, they will then have the opportunity to discuss their fieldwork plans with the guest speakers to gain expert insights into how they can best prepare for the field.

Students attending this training will gain:

– Practical insights into risk-management and conducting fieldwork safely in challenging environments from both security practitioner and academic researcher perspectives;

– Critical insights into the normative and ethical challenges that should be consider when conducting fieldwork in complex security settings;

– The opportunity to engage with experienced security practitioners and academic researchers to both critically reflect on their own fieldwork plans and discuss the challenges presented within their doctoral research projects.

This training session will be delivered face-to-face at the University of York. This event will not be recorded.