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Researching with mobile populations in a time of lockdown

Men queuing for food in the former 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais, taken 2015 by Heidi McCafferty

Researchers are now confronted with both methodological and ethical questions of whether, and how, to continue with international development projects in the face of an unfolding global pandemic. Can research that is intended to be participatory be rethought in ways that allow participants in remote locations to have a meaningful say in shaping research design? How can face-to-face methods be adapted or innovated for online use and what are the implications for data collection? What moral issues and obligations arise for research teams and participants, not to mention safeguarding?

Mobile populations are, arguably, some of the worst affected by the pandemic. For example, migrants traversing Europe have been identified as extremely vulnerable as they become trapped in transit, in states that are tightening migration policies in ways that may be compromising human rights. This webinar brings together an inspiring mix of academics and practitioners who will probe these questions through their experiences of researching with migrant and forcefully displaced groups.

Date: Wednesday 1 July, 2020

Time: 12:30 - 14:00 (British Summer Time)


Ms Tominke Olaniyan, Director of PADEAP (Pan African Development, Education and Advocacy Programme)

Ms Felicity Okoth, Research Associate, AMADPOC (African Migration and Development Policy Centre)

Dr Melis Cin, Lecturer in Education and Social Justice, Lancaster University

Dr Gunjan Sondhi, Lecturer in Geography, The Open University

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