I am a third-year DPhil student studying how development assistance changes civil society’s role in governance, in an area of Myanmar affected by seventy years of conflict. I am returning from ten months of fieldwork, consisting of interviews and participant observation at two local organisations. I believe in qualitative research driven by deep curiosity and respect for the people we meet, and found that the field posed numerous unexpected challenges - intellectual, emotional, and physical. However spaces for discussing these are few and far between. I look forward to creating a community where we can work through the joys and difficulties of doing fieldwork together.
3rd Year DPhil
School of Geography and the Environment
At the margins of a ‘development darling’: intersections between civil society, governance, and development in Karen State, Myanmar