Göttinger Graduiertenschule Gesellschaftswissenschaften

Selbst-Lernformat: Preparing for „field research“: Reflecting on ethics and security

As part of the support measures of GGG  „from the bottom up“ three peer-group events are presented in cooperation with PhD students beside the new workshop „Travel Risk Response in Field Research„:

Preparing for „field research“: Reflecting on ethics and security

Social sciences often rely on primary data collection activities and in certain disciplines PhD projects regularly entail or build on primary data collection, often in countries of the Global South. Recent discussions have shown that primary data collection in general, but especially so in low- and middle-income countries, often comes with ethical dilemmas and security challenges. These issues are rarely covered in the academic coursework. When preparing for primary data collection, there are many organizational and academic questions to deal with. Issues of ethics and security are sometimes not sufficiently considered. Four interesting offers give you the opportunity to reflect upon these issues:

„Stammtisch“: Informal exchange für „Hilfskräfte“, who support Research abroad

On August 29 an exchange for „Hilfkräfte“, who support resarch abroad, will be organized. We will meet at 11.30 am at the tables in front of the Mensa Italia at a bring-your-food-picnic. If you want to partizipate please send an email to Lisa Bogler (lisa.bogler@uni-goettingen.de).

“Stammtisch”: Informal exchange with colleagues

You are planning “field research” and would like to learn from the experience of others? You already did “field research” and would like to share your experience or reflect upon it?

We invite you to an informal gathering on Monday, 05.09.2022. We will meet at 6pm in VG 0.110. Some drinks and snacks will be provided. If you are interested to join, please email lisa.bogler@uni-goettingen.de until 02.09.2022.

Self-learning course in Stud.IP

The self-learning course “Ethics and Security in Field Research in Development Economics” offers modules on ethical dilemmas in research question and design, collaboration, and working conditions, as well as positionality, decolonizing research and safety, including mental well-being. The course material includes recorded interviews, talks, and discussions with more than 40 stakeholders of the research value chain and other experts, papers, links, checklists, and exercises. While the course was originally designed for students in the field of development economics, the experts come from a wide range of disciplines including anthropology, geography and public health. As many of the dilemmas are not specific to a discipline, the course can be of interest to students from different backgrounds. All modules can be studied independently. The course is accessible to all members of the university via Stud.IP. In case of any questions or issues with signing-up, you can contact ann-charline.weber@uni-goettingen.de

Course: Ethics and security in “field research”

Learning about ethical dilemmas and their implication for the preparation and conduct of “field research” relies on reflection and exchange. The course uses an inverted-classroom approach building on the self-learning course: participants work through the assigned material and will discuss and critically reflect the studied material during six sessions of 2h each. The discussion sessions take place each Wednesday evening from 04.01.2023 to 08.02.2023 from 6 to 8pm. If the situation permits, the meetings take place in person. A pre-liminary meeting takes place online on 08.11.2023 at 6pm. Interested students can sign up via email to ggg.kursanmeldung@uni-goettingen.de