A community dedicated to exchanging ideas and experiences about field research and ethics in conflict, post-conflict, authoritarian, and other difficult fieldwork settings, including contexts of systemic and symbolic violence.
• Are the ethical and methodological challenges encountered in the field when conducting research in post-conflict environments different in kind or degree when compared to research in other environments?
• How much reflection do researchers give to ethical dimensions of their work prior to conducting their research, versus when confronted with ethical problems in the midst of their active research?
• What are the differences in the types of ethical challenges when studying the state vs. studying vulnerable populations?
• Are researchers given enough (any) preparation for these challenges by their institutions, advisors, or professors? What training do researchers receive?
• Is the IRB process the only context in which researchers routinely grapple with ethical dilemmas before conducting research? Is it adequate, appropriate, or suited to post-conflict research questions? How might this be changed?
• Does the researcher’s goal for the research (furthering academic career vs. influence on policy) make a difference in how ethical challenges are perceived and solved?
• Do researchers routinely consider the influence on the researched population, only after completing the research, with the publication of their findings? What is the effect of the use of research results? If there are differences between short and long term effects of the research, how long is long term?
• Who is currently wrestling with these questions? Is there anyone else in the community of scholars who should be?