Risk dumping in field research: some researchers are safer than others

EADI BLOG by Linda Johnson and Rodrigo Mena

EADI Blog Risk Dumping
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A quick glance at who is out collecting data in ‘the field’, including in remote and sometimes hazardous environments, is enough to make our point clear: the main executors of in-situ research (also known as fieldwork research) are local researchers and research assistants, sometimes together with junior or PhD researchers from research institutions in the Global North. These groups are being systematically and disproportionately exposed to safety and security issues linked to field research.

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