Fieldwork on repression, armed conflict and other sensitive topics is increasingly dangerous for both researchers and their interlocuters. But also remote methodologies, which are increasingly replacing traditional field work, harbor a range of risks for researchers and their research partici-pants. They often rely on technologies and software whose implications for anonymity and confi-dentiality are still little-understood by most scholars. Therefore, it is imperative to support early-career researchers as much as seasoned scholars with advice on how to maneuver this sensitive environment. The two-day workshop “Safer Field Research and Research Communication in Chal-lenging Research Environments” addresses this need through a series of instructional, consultative and practical sessions, led by two experienced trainers of field safety, digital security and research communication for academics. The sessions on the first day of the workshop will focus on aspects of physical and digital security during field research, and how they have been impacted by the pandemic and the increasing digitalization of field work. The second workshop day will center on strategies for communicating research to a wider audience and how to mitigate associated risks or a potential backlash.
• Joint reflection on initial questions and examples provided by the participants from their own research projects to understand their needs and interests
• Introduction to fieldwork and remote methodologies and their intricacies
• Introduction to context- and risk analyses based on concrete examples
• Introduction to digital, data and communication security
• Scenarios and case studies to illustrate typical risks associated with surveillance and state re-pression during and after (remote) field work
• Introduction to science communication: What for? When? How?
• Scenarios and case studies to illustrate typical risks associated with public outreach after field-work-based data collection
• Reflection and transfer: What do we do already? What are best practices and tools and how can we implement them in our work and ongoing or future projects?
• Participants are sensitized for the trade-off between online and offline field research method-ologies
• They understand and know about online and offline risks, and know basic strategies to avoid the risks of research data falling into the wrong hands
• Participants understand the basic pitfalls and risks in science communication
• The participants are aware that public outreach has to be strategized and that safety precau-tions ought to be taken to ensure their own and their interlocuters safety
• They are able to mitigate potential risks arising from public appearances or other forms of communication beyond their academic peer group
- The BCGE sends your contact data to the trainer. You will receive the link to the online plat-form a few days before the training directly from your trainer.
- You can receive a certificate for the training. Participation throughout the whole trainings is required.
- Please inform us in case you cannot participate in the training. It enables us to offer your spot to others.