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.

Towards a Relational Understanding of Development Research

Towards a Relational Understanding of Development Research

Lena J. KruckenbergGordon CrawfordNicholas LoubereRosemary Morgan

Fieldwork lies at the heart of development research. While over the past decades the importance of adopting a reflexive stance when conducting fieldwork-based research has become more widely acknowledged, personal experiences of undertaking fieldwork in development contexts, and the ways in which they shape our understanding of global development as a whole, have received limited attention. By bringing into dialogue reflections on fieldwork experiences of several generations of development researchers, this volume addresses this gap in the literature, and invites readers to join us in an open-ended discussion of the role of fieldwork and fieldwork relationships in global development research.

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