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.

Encounters with the Powerful: Researching Elites

Encounters with the Powerful: Researching Elites

Jean GrugelRosemary Morgan

The text of the following conversation is based on an audiotaped interview held in Sheffield, UK, on 18 June 2014.

Biographical Note

Jean Grugel is a Professor of Development Politics at the University of York. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Institute of the Americas, University College London. She was previously Professor of Global Politics at the Open University and Professor of International Development at the University of Sheffield, where she set up the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID), and she has also taught at the University of Madrid. Professor Grugel is particularly well known for her research on democratisation and civil society, and on the political economy of Latin America – including work on ...

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