In a couple of weeks I will be teaching ethics and positionality in field research in this great course On Alternative Methods, Remote Edition, organized by Otherwise:
Elisabet Dueholm Rasch works at the Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University. She conducts research on the crossroads of large-scale natural resource extraction, renewable energy production, violence and resistance in Latin America and The Netherlands. In so doing, she works closely together with grassroots organizations, environmental defenders and activists as a way of, one, transgressing the traditional vertical power relations in research and, two, making her research become part of, and contribute to, social change. When she’s not doing fieldwork, writing about fieldwork or supervising students on fieldwork (or cooking a nice vegan curry or powerlifting her own bodyweight), she teaches about natural resource conflicts and field research methods.
Elisabet’s session is about positionality, reflexivity and ethics in (online) field research. You will be invited to reflect on your own identity and power relations in relation to your research, as well as on ethical issues that might come up during your fieldwork and writing about your findings.
You can find more about Elisabet’s work on www.elisabetrasch.com and a full publication list on Google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=DV-otKoAAAAJ&hl=en