Navigating Power Dynamics in Fieldwork

Are you about to go on fieldwork, or looking to fieldwork in the future?

Would you like to feel better prepared to manage some of the complex power dynamics you might encounter?

While every context and experience is unique, it’s really helpful to hear from experienced fieldworkers and to think through in company some of situations and questions which might present themselves during your project and how you could respond.

This in person morning workshop at Manor Road brings together experienced fieldworkers (research staff and late stage DPhils) for a panel discussion on their experiences and observations, followed by breakout sessions where you can think through your own project, and a plenary wrap up with plenty of time for Q&A



The Panel

Dr Catherine Grasham (Postdoctoral Researcher in Water Security and Society, SoGE)

Catherine specialises in water security in Ethiopia. She has been working in Ethiopia since 2009 and has a keen understanding of the country’s water sector and recent demographic change. She currently leads  an interdisciplinary research programme in the Awash River basin, Ethiopia. With mixed research methods, her work addresses the interconnectedness of water, politics and human development with a particular focus on highlighting the voices of the poor. 
In addition, Catherine is leading several initiatives to support fieldworkers' safety and mental health, and is a Social Sciences Division EDI Associate. 

See Pok Loa (DPhil Candidate, Sociology) 

See Pok's research interests centre around inequality, sociology of work, culture, gender, and technology. Using a comparative approach, he studies changing beliefs on paid work, and how skilled and professional freelance workers navigate job insecurities in the gig economy, comparing two national contexts, China and Japan. He uses data from interviews, hybrid ethnography, and digital methods.


Emma Walker-Silverman (DPhil Candidate, ODID)

Emma's work examines intergroup relations and the forces that shape them, specifically why different people and communities respond so differently to hosting refugees. Her doctoral research uses qualitative and experimental methods to examine the influence of social media on attitudes towards Syrian refugees in Turkey, and whether it is possible to use social media as a tool to improve responses to refugees.