Solitary Decision-Making and Fieldwork Safety



In the past decade, increasing administrative interest in safety and ethics has drawn new actors into decision-making processes around fieldwork. This chapter argues that despite the resulting new administrative procedures, and unacknowledged by them, researchers are still fundamentally alone in most security-relevant decisions. This is neither surprising nor necessarily a bad thing, but calls for particular attention to the biases, expectations and pressures that researchers are under when making these decisions. From ‘Indiana Jones Researchers’ to ‘Career Risk-Takers’, this chapter identifies harmful discourses around risk and fieldwork in academia and makes suggestions for a healthier way forward.


Risk Decision-making Security 


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  1. 1.Institute of Development StudiesBrightonUK

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