Category: Field notes

Between Dejection and Awe: Reflections on Research with African Refugees

Conducting research with informants who have experienced the trials of forced displacement may leave the researcher crippled by the apparent hopelessness of her interlocutors, combined with the sense of helplessness in not being able to contribute to their plight in a meaningful and ethical way. Rose Jaji looks back on her experiences, conducting research with refugees in Kenya and Zimbabwe, and argues that her informants’ capacity for action and critical assessment left her as much in awe as in a state of dejection.

Researching (with) refugees? Ethical considerations on participatory approaches

In lieu of perceiving refugees as ‘data sources’, research with refugees and thus participatory approaches not only transform refugees’ positions to active participants, but can also further the scope of findings - by Ulrike Krause

Researching migrant arrivals, births and burials across the Mediterranean

In times of important life changes, such as the birth of a child or the loss of a loved one, the need for the support and companionship of others is essential. For migrants, this is rarely possible - by Sine Plambech