This course is excellent preparation for researchers planning to undertake empirical fieldwork and wanting to make sure they've got safe foundations in place. If you're going to a medium- to high-risk destination or are carrying out research on potentially sensitive topics, the Preparation for Safe Fieldwork is for you; it focuses on practical, health and safety matters, to help you plan for and manage these, and ensure your fieldwork goes as smoothly as possible.
The course covers planning and risk assessment; personal safety and security; personal safety issues related to interviewing and interacting with participants; crisis management; and university procedures and resources. This is followed by an informal sandwich lunch attended by experienced student fieldworkers willing to share their experiences. The course provides a great opportunity to mix, make contacts and share experiences with your peers across SSD.
There will be practical scenarios placing you in a number of fieldwork settings and including a number of challenges for you to overcome. These encourage you to think through your own fieldwork and how you might cope when things don’t go quite as planned.
The course runs termly
You will be issued with a certificate following completion of the course
• Know how to plan your fieldwork to minimise the health & safety risks
• Know how to conduct your fieldwork in a way that reduces risks to your personal safety and security
• Be aware of the procedure for getting your fieldwork approved and the university resources that are available
• Have the opportunity to share experience and make connections with peers
Please note: If your fieldwork is more expedition based, Fieldwork Safety Overseas as offered by the University Safety Office, might be more appropriate