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Fieldwork after conflict: contextualising the challenges of access and data quality

Roll, K; Swenson, G; (2019) Fieldwork after conflict: contextualising the challenges of access and data quality. Disasters , 43 (2) pp. 240-260. 10.1111/disa.12321. Green open access

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Abstract

Despite sustained scholarly interest in post-conflict states, there has not been a thorough review and analysis of associated methodology and the challenges of conducting research in these contexts. Addressing this gap, this paper directs attention to the particular effects of these settings on access and data quality and their ramifications for the resulting scholarship. It assesses the intrinsic challenges of performing fieldwork in these environments, drawing on both relevant social science literature and the authors' experiences of carrying out research in Afghanistan and Timor-Leste. The study demonstrates that the post-conflict environment moulds research design and, consequently, influences how questions are answered as well as the questions asked. Moreover, it highlights ways to mitigate these issues. This work is of relevance to scholars planning to engage in field research and to researchers reflecting upon their work, as well as to policymakers who are considering undertaking programmes or commissioning research in post-conflict areas.

Type: Article
Title: Fieldwork after conflict: contextualising the challenges of access and data quality
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/disa.12321
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12321
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, data quality, fieldwork, post conflict, qualitative methods, research, Access to Information, Afghanistan, Armed Conflicts, Data Accuracy, Humans, Research, Timor-Leste
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Inst for Innovation and Public Purpose
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10074509
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