Formulating Safety Strategies for Peace Researchers
Research in the social sciences, and specifically peace studies, often utilizes fieldwork as a method to collect data. During this process, researchers are exposed to a variety of safety risks that they are often unprepared to deal with. Researchers and their sending institutions should do a better job of managing risks in the field, specifically by creating decision-making strategies for researchers. These strategies should be informed by both substantive knowledge as well as experiential and emotional knowledge from other researchers who have conducted fieldwork. This work highlights my own research experience and the dangers I encountered. By showing the typical fieldwork process and the minimal focus on managing risk, it is clear that safety and personal experience are essential parts of research and academic findings. This work gives voice to other researchers who have experienced incidents in the field and opens a discussion on the best ways to help researchers manage risks from the ambient fieldwork setting.
- Paperback | 112 pages
- 150 x 220 x 7mm | 183g
- 30 May 2017
- LAP Lambert Academic Publishing
About Scott Meyer
Scott Meyer is a community leader, author and entrepreneur. Meyer is the founder of the digital marketing firm 9 Clouds and a former city councilor who founded TEDxBrookings, Creativity Week and 1 Million Cups in his hometown of Brookings, SD. Learn more and read his latest work at scottdavidmeyer.com.