Susan Thomson

Susan Thomson

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    • How do researchers cope with the trauma their research might create in the respondents?

    Possible approaches:

o Make use of training and manuals developed by field organizations, such as ICRC
    o Provide avenues for the respondents to interact with each other, such as through 
group discussions, or peer groups

    • How do researchers cope with their own stress or trauma when conducting research in the 
field? How can training be given in advance? How can researchers obtain the needed emotional distance to write up research results which were traumatic to obtain? 

    Possible solutions:

    o Discussions with peers
    o Regular breaks from field work
    o Debriefing on returning

    • When should the question of the value of the research be raised in relation to the dangers it may pose to the researcher and the respondents? Before? What if it only becomes apparent in the middle of conducting research?

    • Is the timing of when the research is conducted in relation to the conflict an important consideration in relation to the safety of the respondents? How are safety concerns different if the research is conducted immediately after the end of the conflict, or ten years later? How do these concerns change over time?

    • What kind of training are students given in this type of research, and how might that be improved?

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