Further Resources and Information
Sexual harassment during fieldwork - Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford Online, ISSN: 2040-1876 New Series, Volume VI no. 1 (2015)
Your checklist for before you travel on fieldwork.
Good practice checklist for departmental fieldwork and travel procedures.
All fieldwork must be approved by your department: the following approvals need to be obtained where applicable:
For students, the research rationale and methodology needs to be approved by your supervisor.
All research involving human participants should be subject to ethical review. Some departments have their own departmental Ethics Committees, others use the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Research Ethics Committee (IDREC). The Ethics forms and approval process are the same in both cases.
Travel risk assessment
Every department has its own risk assessement form and approval procedure. These forms require the researcher to outline what the fieldwork involved, identify the significant safety risks to the researcher associated with the fieldwork and detail the measures in place to mitigate those risks. The level of detail in risk assessment form should be commensurate with the risks involved. Any travel to a country or region to which the UK Government Foreign and Commenwealth Office (FCO) advises against travel has to approved by the Head of Department and reviewed by the Safety Office.
University staff and students are eligible for University travel insurance when they travel on University business. Insurance is contingent on having an approved travel risk assessment and compliance with the University policies on Safety in Fieldwork and Overseas travel.