RiDNet Conference 2014: Does Research Make a Difference in Development? Bridging the gaps between research, policy and practice
Increasingly, researchers, policy makers and practitioners are acknowledging the need to work together to successfully solve the world’s development problems. However, bridging the gaps (in thinking, approach, access etc.) between these three sectors has raised many problems of their own. This conference aims to provide a platform in which these issues can be discussed openly, honestly and constructively.
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.