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Visibilising hidden realities and uncertainties: the ‘post-covid’ move towards decolonized and ethical field research practices
independent researcher, DRC, Bukavu, DRC.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7702-2000
Department of History, St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.
School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden.
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2023 (English)In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology, ISSN 1364-5579, E-ISSN 1464-5300, Vol. 26, no 5, p. 549-564Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article seeks to move beyond the Euro/North-centrism recurrent in methodological discussions on what we may learn from the COVID-19 pandemic. Such debates often centre on uncertainty and involuntary immobility – aspects which are hardly new for many researchers. In this article, we argue that the pandemic offers an opportunity to rethink research relations between what we term ‘contracting researchers’ in the Global North and ‘facilitating researchers’ in the Global South. Such relations are often marked by rampant inequalities in remuneration, working conditions, and visibility/authorship. Drawing upon experiences in DR Congo, Sierra Leone, and India, we argue that the pandemic increased the dependence on – and highlighted the invaluable contributions and skills of – facilitating researchers, in part slightly refiguring bargaining power. We also propose pathways for change, arguing for a strong collaborative approach and the need for institutional change, without discarding the responsibilities of individual researchers.

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Routledge, 2023. Vol. 26, no 5, p. 549-564
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COVID-19, methodology uncertainty, contracting researchers, facilitating researchers, remote research practices, field research, research ethics, decolonizing research, climate change action
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Social Anthropology Other Humanities
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Cultural Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-497863DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2023.2173427ISI: 000935495900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-497863DiVA, id: diva2:1741342
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Swedish Research Council, 2017-05575Available from: 2023-03-03 Created: 2023-03-03 Last updated: 2024-05-20Bibliographically approved

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