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.

Perceiving Threats to Health in the Field: Researching Zoonotic Diseases at the Human–Animal Interface

Perceiving Threats to Health in the Field: Researching Zoonotic Diseases at the Human–Animal Interface

Scott Naysmith


While there are inherent risks in all fieldwork, there are unique dangers posed by particular research questions, methods, and field sites. In discussing research in conflict environments, Professor Jenny Pearce highlights several themes regarding danger – to herself and others – that both resonate and provide points of contrast with my experience of undertaking doctoral fieldwork. My research broadly examined the experiences, risk perceptions and behaviours of people who sell and slaughter poultry at live bird markets in Indonesia – respectively, a demographic considered to be at an elevated risk for exposure to zoonotic pathogens, and a location identified as the source of many human infections with avian influenza ...

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