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Preparation and Expectations for Fieldwork Research

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller/researcher or whether you will be going for the first time, everyone experiences worries and questions about how to prepare for fieldwork and what to expect once they’re there. As there are so many of us in the same situation RiDNet has organised a seminar to discuss these issues. Whether your field work is in a rural area of a developing country in Africa or an urban conglomerate in  Europe, you can both gain and give something valuable to the discussion.

There will be three short presentations by people from differing backgrounds both in terms of geographical locations and in the type of research conducted. This is a great opportunity to learn from others’ experiences and to discuss, question and express any issues, worries or unknowns with a diverse group of people all in the same situation.


Egle Cesnulyte: Kenya

Neo-liberal economic systems and sex industries:

  • Researching sensitive topics
  • Networking while in the field
  • Health and safety assessments

Eleanor Jew: Honduras, Indonesia, Ecuador

Biodiversity and conservation research in the tropics:

  • Remote locations
  • Unexpected challenges
  • Basic preparation

Jessica Rucell: Indonesia, Malaysia,

Human rights documentation and humanitarian intervention:

  • Research as an outsider
  • Refugees and IDPs
  • Active, and post-conflict

For more information and to send any initial questions, please email either Beth Harrison ( or Ellie Jew (