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Security, Conflict & Justice (SCJ) – Pathway Seminar 2

Date - Wednesday, 16th May 2018 (1:45 pm - 4:00 pm)

Fieldwork and Data Collection in Sensitive or Hazardous Environments

Date & Time: Wednesday 16 May 2018, 1.45pm – 4pm

Venue: Seminar room 14.33, Social Sciences Building, University of Leeds

This workshop will explore some of the challenges which researchers must anticipate and address when preparing for and undertaking fieldwork and data collection in sensitive or hazardous environments. This includes research in environments which can potentially pose physical risks both to the investigator and research subjects (such as interviewees), and when research topics are sensitive given the local context (for example, when gathering online data in relation to violent extremism). Aside from the issue of personal safety and legal protection, these challenges are also directly related to the integrity of the research process.

All researchers – whether PhD students or established academics – must give consideration to these challenges if their work involves research in these settings. Universities and funding agencies require strict compliance to risk mitigation as a part of their research ethics approval, and so these issues are essential.

The workshop will involve speakers with considerable experience of fieldwork in high-risk environments, including researchers who have conducted training in this area. It will also involve doctoral researchers who have undertaken relevant fieldwork and have insights to share. Finally, there will be speakers who have had to navigate the legal and ethical sensitivities that are raised when gathering data online in relation to extremism.


We have the following two speakers confirmed to date, Dr. Adam Baird and Dr. Matt Bishop.

Travel Information
Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from these Pathway Specific Training sessions.  The WRDTP cannot reimburse travel costs to these sessions.

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Enquiry contact details

For all enquiries please contact Pathway Director Dr Edward Newman at e.newman@leeds.ac.uk or Tel: 0113 3436842.