Considering Ethics and Safety in Field Research in the Global South

Online Workshop in Cooperation with GIGA

Illustration: Fieldwork

Photo: Annie Spratt on Unsplash

In this work­shop, we aim to focus on ethics and safety during field research from both researcher's and inter­locutors' perspectives. With participants’ active partici­pation and bringing in their own in­quiries, we aim to critically assess our role as researchers in con­ducting research in the Global South. We will discuss and reflect issues on power, identity and positionality in the field and thereby focus on two main aspects: 1) Ethics: How do I see myself and how am I seen? How should I deal with unequal power relations in non-Western and post-colonial contexts? 2) Safety: How do I guarantee my own safety? How do I protect my research partners? How are research ethics and safety related?

The online-workshop will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams/Zoom and will feature two keynote speakers followed by Q&A as well as participant presen­tations focusing on individual research projects and inquiries that can be dis­cussed in a safe en­viron­ment amongst peers.


Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Timothy Williams (Bundeswehr University Munich) “Research Ethics in Field Research in the Global South”
  • Ilyas Saliba (WZB/GPPI): “Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences”


When: December 7/8, 2020 | 09:00–13:00 o'clock each day
Where: Online via Microsoft Teams/Zoom

Download Preliminary Program | For questions, please contact suess @hsfk .de or schnabel @hsfk .de.