Human and Digital Security in Hostile Environments
Presentation av Isabell Schierenbeck, School of Global Studies, Göteborgs universitet
The newly published book Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences. A Guide to Human and Digital Security in Hostile Environments (SAGE, 2020) aims to fill a gap: the lack of practical guidelines helping researchers to reduce their and their research partners’ vulnerability in the field. The presentation explores the challenges and risks of social science field work in a rapidly securitized landscape, and shares best practices for conducting safer research before, after and during field work. The presentation draws on the authors’ experiences in regions of conflict and is grounded in real-world examples.
Om Isabell Schierenbeck
Isabell Schierenbeck is Professor in Political Science at the School of Global Studies (SGS), University of Gothenburg. Her main research fields are implementation studies, international development cooperation, as well as Middle Eastern and Israeli politics. Her current research is on migration policies (policy and practice) in a comparative perspective (Jordan, Sweden, and Turkey). She has a long-lasting interest in research ethics and safety and her most recent publication is Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences. A Guide to Human and Digital in Hostile Environments (Grimm, J. et al. 2020, SAGE). Schierenbeck is frequently consulted as an expert commentator on Middle Eastern/Israeli politics for radio, TV and the daily press.