Fieldwork and Digital Methods

Fieldwork and Digital Methods 

The ongoing development and proliferation of digital communication and social networking technologies is providing new platforms and forums for discussion, interaction and association of all kinds online, yielding new opportunities for researchers in the social sciences. This trend has been greatly accelerated by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, during which online interaction became, for many, the only viable option. Pandemic restrictions rendered conventional field research, including long-term ethnographic research, virtually impossible, prompting social scientists to explore alternative options for pursuing their research remotely, via digital technologies. In this session, led by Dr William Kelly and a panel of advanced doctoral students from departments across the Social Sciences Division whose research has engaged with digital methods and/or digital environments, we will explore opportunities, issues and strategies for engaging with digital research methods in the social sciences.

This online workshop will include a panel discussion and follow-up Q&A session; facilitated discussion with participants in small working groups and a final plenary/wrapping up discussion session, with plenty of time for exploration of relevant themes.
10:00 – 11:00    Panel Discussion led by Dr. William Kelly
11:00 – 11:45    Breakout sessions
11:45 – 12:30    Plenary Wrap-up with Q&A      

Open to all SSD DPhil students, but please note that places are limited.

The link below will take you to a very brief Microsoft forms questionnaire after which you will be automatically be allocated a place.

Dr Kelly has asked us to collect some basic data to help him tailor the workshop content.



The Panel

Freya Hope, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME). Freya's doctoral research is concerned with traveller communities in Great Britain. Due to the pandemic, she has had to completely overhaul her doctoral plans and will address issues related to adapting research for remote and digital research methods.

Jenny Dodsworth, School of Geography and Environment (SoGE). Dissertation title: Locating Communities in Digital Natures: Exploring the Politics of National Parks, Identity and Visual Social Media in the Lake District

Tomas Borsa, Oxford Internet Institute (OII): Description of research: 
Tomas’ doctoral project investigates the social histories and future imaginaries of the Internet on Haida Gwaii (lit. islands of the Haida people), with a view to better understanding how the coming age of ubiquitous high-speed connectivity may impact upon the social ecologies of rural, remote, and Indigenous communities worldwide.