Centre for Global Development

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, which took place on September, 27 2012 at the University of Leeds.

During the conference PhD and early career researchers presented on the following themes: What (not) to say: Communication skills & field access; Silenced voices: Opening up new perspectives on development; Hot potatoes and hushed voices: Difficult research environments & sensitive topics; and, Taking sides: Dealing with third parties.

Each presenter was asked to develop a practical fieldwork note, identifying a practical issue when conducting fieldwork in development contexts, and possible solutions. The research notes are meant to be used as a resource for researchers working in low to middle income country contexts. The research notes can be found below.

*The conference was made possible by the generous contributions of the following institutions/ centres at the University of Leeds: LEAP Training Hub; Centre for Global Development; Institute of Communications Studies; Centre for Climate Change Economics & Policy; Sustainability Research Institute; and Leeds Social Sciences Institute.

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