Understanding Global Development Research: Fieldwork Issues, Experiences and Reflections

Gordon Crawford (Editor), Lena J. Kruckenberg (Editor), Nicholas Loubere (Editor), Rosemary Morgan (Editor)

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For experienced and inexperienced researchers and practitioners alike, this engaging book opens up new perspectives on conducting fieldwork in the Global South.

Following an inter-disciplinary and inter-generational approach, Understanding Global Development brings into dialogue reflections on fieldwork experiences by leading scholars along with accounts from early career researchers. Contributions are organised around six key issues:

Meaningful participation in fieldwork
Working in dangerous environments
Gendered experiences of fieldwork
Researching elites
Conducting fieldwork with marginalised people
Fieldwork in development practice.
The experience-led discussion of each of the topics conveys a sense of what it actually feels like to be out in the field and provides readers with useful insights and practical advice. A relational framework highlights issues relating to power, identity and ethics in development fieldwork, and encourages reflection on how researcher engagement with the field shapes our understanding of global development.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE Publications
Number of pages288
ISBN (Print)978-1-4739-0667-9, 978-1-4739-0666-2
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2017


  • global development
  • participation
  • gender
  • conflict
  • elites
  • marginalised
  • development practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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