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How to Conduct Safer Field Research in Hostile Environments

When: Thursday, February 25, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Online,

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The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) is delighted to welcome Professor Isabell Schierenbeck (Gothenburg University) for the talk: How to Conduct Safer Field Research in Hostile Environments. The online event will be chaired by Alicia de la Cour Venning (Queen Mary School of Law).

The newly published book Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences. A Guide to Human and Digital Security in Hostile Environments (SAGE, 2020) aims to fill a gap: the lack of practical guidelines helping researchers to reduce their and their research partners’ vulnerability in the field. In this online talk, Professor Schierenbeck will explore the challenges and risks of social science field work in a rapidly securitized landscape and share best practices for conducting safer research before, after and during field work. The presentation will draw on the authors’ experiences in regions of conflict and is grounded in real-world examples.

About the speaker

Isabell Schierenbeck is a Professor in Political Science at the School of Global Studies (SGS), Gothenburg University. Her main research fields are state building and political leadership, international development cooperation, as well as Middle Eastern and Israeli politics. Her current research is on migration policies (policy and practice) in a comparative perspective (Jordan, Sweden, and Turkey). She has a long-lasting interest in research ethics and safety and her most recent publication is Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences. A Guide to Human and Digital in Hostile Environments (Grimm, J. et al. 2020, SAGE). Schierenbeck is frequently consulted as an expert commentator on Middle Eastern/Israeli politics for radio, TV and the daily press.

**Please note that this is an online event and all registrants will be sent joining details the day before.