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Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences

Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences
A Guide to Human and Digital Security in Hostile Environments

May 2020 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Exploring the challenges and risks of social science fieldwork, this book shares best practice for conducting research in hostile environments and pragmatic advice to help you make good decisions.

Drawing on the authors’ experiences in regions of conflict and grounded in real-world examples, the book:

·        Provides practical guidance on important considerations like choosing a research question in sensitive contexts

·        Gives advice on data and digital security to help you minimize fieldwork risk in a contemporary research environment

·        Offers tools and templates you can use to develop a tailored security framework

Building your understanding of the challenges of on-the-ground research, this book empowers you to meet the challenges of your research landscape head on.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Before the Field
Chapter 3: In the Field
Chapter 4: After the Field
Chapter 5: Thinking Systematically about Digital Security
Chapter 6: Tools and Tactics for Data Protection
Chapter 7: Conclusion: The Role of Research Institutions

This handbook offers crucial insights into how we can better think about and try to manage risks in our research endeavors. It is particularly useful as it goes beyond the one-sided focus on researcher safety and on fieldwork, emphasizing how risks extend far beyond fieldwork, particularly for research subjects and collaborators living in the research setting. By providing a range of concrete examples from various settings, the book provides invaluable insights, highlighting also how questions around safety and risk vary depending on context and also shift (sometimes rapidly) over time.

Maria Eriksson Baaz
Professor, Department of Government, Uppsala University

Jannis Grimm

Jannis Grimm is Associate Researcher in the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin. More About Author

Kevin Koehler

Kevin Koehler is Professor and Director of the Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg. More About Author

Ellen M. Lust

Ellen Lust is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Founder and Director of the Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg. She received her M.A. in Modern Middle East and North African Studies (1993) and PhD in Political Science (1997) from the University of Michigan. She has conducted research and engaged in policy dialogue across the Middle East, including Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Malawi, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia, as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has served as an advisor and consultant to such organizations as the UNDP, UN Democracy Fund, The World Bank, USAID, Carter... More About Author

Ilyas Saliba

Ilyas Saliba is Research Fellow in the Research Unit Democracy and Democratization at WZB Berlin Social Science Center. More About Author

Isabell Schierenbeck

Isabell Schierenbeck is Professor, School of Global Studies at University of Gothenburg. More About Author

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