SAFEResearch e-Handbook Launch Upcoming
4/27/2018 10:52:02 AM - 4/27/2018 10:52:43 AM
Conducting field research has become an increasingly risky endeavour in recent years, particularly in regions characterized by violent conflict, repressive political regimes, or state failure. Working under such conditions is challenging. Researchers need to think of ways to assure the physical safety of their respondents, they need to protect themselves, and they must consider whether and how the confidentiality of information can be maintained. Despite these conditions, and despite the fact that journalists, NGO workers, and scholars across a range of disciplines face similar challenges, guidance on how to prepare and conduct safe field research is not readily available. SAFEResearch aims at addressing these shortcomings. We want to sensitize the academic community to the risks faced by many researchers and to draw on the experience of practitioners. Safe fieldwork comprises several interrelated dimensions. In addition to the physical safety of research participants and researchers, research in politically sensitive settings may require additional measures to ensure the confidentiality of data. Contact details, field notes, interview transcripts and other forms of research-related information needs to be stored, transmitted, and handled in a responsible way, balancing concerns about safety and confidentiality with transparency norms in the discipline.
The SAFEResearch e-Handbook Launch is supported by the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) and the School of Global Studies (SGS). This event is aimed at presenting key findings from the e-Handbook, spreading awareness of the project, and targeting research practitioners from academia, as well as key administrative professionals from academic institutions and bodies funding academic research.