Development Research and Fieldwork: Challenges and Concerns
Development Research Day 2021.
13:00-13:10 Welcome, introduction and Hydén Award announcement
13:10-14:00 Panel discussion
14:15-16:00 Discussions in smaller groups (in rooms Ed 230 and Ed 235)
Fieldwork is intrinsically linked to development research and viewed as a foundation for knowledge creation. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to promote and conduct fieldwork for many reasons. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many to conduct online interviews instead of fieldwork due to travel restrictions and health concerns. How does that affect the research and understanding of the research topic? Others are hesitant to conduct fieldwork due to the negative impact of air travel on climate change. Violence and conflicts also raise concerns about personal safety. Similarly, increasing authoritarianism raises ethical concerns about censorship as well as safety concerns for the researcher as well as the people encountering the researcher during fieldwork. How does this affect our case selection, research methods and eventually our findings and conclusions?
Our panellists have extensive fieldwork experiences and are invited to reflect on the questions above:
- Jenny Lorenzen, Post Doc at the Department of Political Science
- Nicholas Loubere, Lecturer at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies
- Ekatherina Zhukova, Researcher at the Department of Political Science
- Anders Uhlin, Professor at the Department of Political Science
While there will be time for questions from the audience, the idea is that the discussions will continue in groups after a short break. The panel session will be moderated by Kristina Jönsson, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science.
For this event, no registration is needed. It will take place on campus only with no digital streaming. All students and researchers at Lund University interested in development research are welcome!
About the Development Research Day
The Development Research Day is an annual inter-disciplinary event initiated in order to offer an opportunity for researchers and students at Lund University who are interested in development issues to meet, network, and share experiences. This is also the day for the announcement of the winner of the annual Hydén Award for the best BA or MA thesis on development issues. The responsibility to host the day rotates between different departments.