Navigating the challenges of fieldwork and childcare: Revisiting ‘muddy glee’

Tanja Bastia, Jessica Hope, Katy Jenkins, Charlotte Lemanski, Paula Meth, Nina Moeller, Glyn Williams

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This commentary emerges from our collective interest in, and reflections on, the multiple ways in which parents working within Development Geography in UK academia negotiate the complexities of combining periods of overseas fieldwork with family life. Here, we bring our varied experiences of navigating these challenges (emotional, bureaucratic, and practical) into conversation with Bracken and Mawdsley's ‘Muddy glee,’ highlighting the ways in which a recognition of academics', especially female academics', childcare responsibilities has been largely absent from discussions around conducting fieldwork, specifically development fieldwork in the global South.
Original languageEnglish
Article number12834
Pages (from-to)569-573
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Early online date30 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

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This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.


  • care
  • childcare
  • development geography
  • fieldwork
  • Global South


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