Charles Thackrah SR 1/2
Charles Thackrah SR 1/2 (1.01,1.02) at the University of Leeds


07 Jun 2023


10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Security in Fieldwork – Practical Questions, Research Reflections & Ethical Challenges

This one-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 and ethical challenges presented by conducting fieldwork in risky environments. Drawing upon the expertise of security practitioners who have assisted NGOs and academic researchers to pursue fieldwork activities in challenging security contexts, Panel 1 of this workshop will offer practical insights into how to conduct fieldwork securely, including advice that can be integrated into designing risk management protocols. Panel 2 will include 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. These morning sessions are 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 afternoon 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.

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