Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences: a Guidebook for Fieldwork Protection and Digital Security

WZB Talk by Ilyas Saliba and Jannis Grimm (via Zoom)

Co-authors: Isabell Schierenbeck, Ellen Lust, Kevin Köhler

In this talk we will go through different fieldwork stages, namely: before, during and after the field.
we introduce how to conduct a risk assessment for a planned fieldwork mission and discuss mitigation strategies. We will also discuss the risks associated with different methods of data collection in the field. Second, we argue for a continuous risk assessment and risk mitigation procedures in the fieldwork. Third, we discuss risks involved in analysing and publishing the gathered data after the fieldwork. The fourth part elaborates digital and data security risks and introduces strategies to mitigate these. Finally, we put forward some points on the role of academics and academic institutions in enabling safer fieldwork for social scientists.

Please note that this event takes place in English only with no translation.

The event is part of the WZB Talks series.

Ilyas Saliba is Research Fellow of the WZB Research Unit Democracy and Democratization.
Jannis Grimm is a Doctoral Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS).
Isabell Schierenbeck is Professor at the School of Globla Studies, University of Gothenburg.
Ellen Lust is Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg.
Kevin Koehler is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science, Leiden University.

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