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.

Gender is Not a Noun, It’s an Adjective: Using Gender as a Lens within Development Research

Gender is Not a Noun, It’s an Adjective: Using Gender as a Lens within Development Research

Ruth PearsonRosemary Morgan

The text of the following conversation is based on an audiotaped interview held in Leeds, UK, on 27 June 2014.

Biographical Note

Ruth Pearson is Emeritus Professor of International Development at the University of Leeds. She came to Leeds in 2000 after having held a Chair in Women and Development at the Institute for Social Studies in The Hague. She has also taught at the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, where she pioneered a Masters programme in Gender Analysis of Development. Her research focuses on gender relations and work in the global economy; home-based work and workers’ organisations; gendered analysis of production and ...

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