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This is a must-read book for researchers and their supervisors embarking on research projects where safety is a consideration. This important book fills a gap in our current knowledge on how safer research can be accomplished. It is full of interesting, relevant and timely case studies, and information on how to manage risk before, during and after the field work experience. Brilliant.
How do we ensure that research on controversial and sensitive topics does not endanger ourselves, our participants, and the communities within which we work? Anyone doing research or building the capacity of others to carry out research in repressive environments should consider the conceptual concerns and practical steps offered in this book.
This is a fantastic guide for anyone embarking on intensive fieldwork in any context. The advice given is nuanced, proportionate and measured, balancing the need to engage meaningfully in a place with protecting personal safety. It goes further to consider contemporary challenges in research engagement emanating from digital security and data protection. All research institutions need to engage with this book in their ethics and risk assessment procedures.
This unique book provides a clear and practical path to establishing a comprehensive risk assessment plan for researchers involved in fieldwork. Based on the perspective of research safety, this book offers tools to mitigate risks for researchers and participants, especially in conflict prone areas.
The book is very timely, given the increased challenges faced by researchers in different parts of the world. It is the only book that offers researchers practical advice that comes from firsthand experiences by experts on the subject. The well-thought out content is imperative for anyone conducting field research whether an academic, journalist, or practitioner.
Research is not only vital to scientific development, it is essential to improvement of the human condition. But social science research, particularly fieldwork, is not always well-understood, effortlessly accepted or without risk. The appropriate response to such challenges is not to give up fieldwork altogether but to undertake it with care, vigilance and respect for all those involved, from today’s research subjects to scholars of the future.
At last a definitive guide to the management of risks associated with conducting research. We have long understood the risks faced by some in the pursuit of knowledge; finally we have a document to help researchers stay safe in the field, and to deliver cutting edge results.
Research can be risky: more and more often, and not only in nondemocratic countries. This most precious book provides most valuable advice to social scientists about how to reduce those risks for all parts of their research projects. It is an invaluable resource for teaching young students how to conduct their field work in the safest possible way.
After-the-fact support for scholars under attack remains an urgent responsibility for everyone in higher education. But no less important are proactive strategies and practices to improve the security of researchers wherever their research takes them. By bringing valuable attention and structure to this much needed conversation, the authors make an important contribution to the future of research in challenging environments, whether a researcher is a few miles, or a few thousand miles, from home.
This volume is an absolutely indispensable resource for any researcher setting out to embark on social science fieldwork, and for anyone reviewing or overseeing such work. Filling a glaring gap in disciplinary methods training, the authors provide clear steps, along with helpful tools, to anticipate - and mitigate - risks, posed both to the safety and security of researchers, but also to their research participants and interlocutors.
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.