Researchers in Development PhD Network
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The Researchers in Development PhD Network (RiDNet) is a multi-disciplinary, cross faculty network for PhD and early career researchers working in international development at the University of Leeds.
The purpose of the network is to share ideas and build links among PhD and early career researchers working on development issues.
The network will be hosting events throughout the year, including seminars, discussions, workshops, conferences, and socials.
PhD Fieldwork Locations
This section shows where some of RiDNet’s members have conducted their fieldwork. Current students who are planning to conduct, or will be conducting, their fieldwork in a specific location may use it as a resource.
Many of our events have produced valuable resources that can aid you in your research or fieldwork. Click on the events below for information from the event, in addition to a number of resources.
Practical Fieldwork Notes - Conducting Fieldwork in Development Contexts: Reflexive Approaches to Practical Issues
The Practical Fieldwork Notes are based on presentations given at the 1st Researchers in Development Network (RiDNet) Conference, Conducting Fieldwork in Development Contexts: Reflexive Approaches to Practical Issues
Notes from the seminar 'Working with Research Assistants/ Translators in Overseas Fieldwork'.
Notes and materials from a seminar aimed at PhD Researchers who will be conducting or have conducted their fieldwork overseas in low to middle income countries. It focused on both general ethical issues of conducting fieldwork overseas, as well as provided guidance for filling in the University of Leeds ethical approval form.
Notes and presentations from a workshop supporting collaboration among postgraduate development researchers, development academics and practitioners. The workshop was organized around two main themes: interdisciplinary collaboration and researcher-practitioner collaboration.
Notes from a seminar called "Lessons from my Fieldwork", aimed at PhD Researchers conducting fieldwork in low to middle income countries. For those who had done their fieldwork, it was an opportunity to reflect on experiences and share ideas.
Notes from a seminar on Risk & Risk Assessment in Overseas Fieldwork, facilitated by Jon Presten and Sarah Burdall from Health and Safety. Includes resources to help you fill in your risk assessment form.
Notes from a 'Brown Bag Lunch' set up to discuss different approaches available for coding qualitative data, (in particular interviews and fieldnotes) and techniques to define categories that run across a data set.
RiDNet conference 2013: Conducting Fieldwork in Development Contexts: Practical Experiences of Data Collection and Analysis
Conducting research in development contexts comes with its own challenges. Common issues such as research design, methodologies and planning must be considered alongside more context-specific issues: cultural differences may disrupt communication; corruption may hamper access; ethical issues may be more stringent, and interaction with different social groups may prove challenging. This conference was a place for practitioners to share difficulties, and things they found worked particularly well.
RiDNet Conference 2012: Conducting Fieldwork in Development Contexts: Reflexive Approaches to Practical Issues
The Researchers in Development Network (RiDNet) identified a need for active and intensive engagement with fieldwork preparation and reflection among PhD and early career researchers. In response to this the first RiDNet conference was held on 27 September at the University of Leeds. At the conference PhD and early career researchers from across the United Kingdom came together to discuss and share fieldwork challenges, experiences, and best practices.