How to overcome the challenges of doing research during Covid-19

Covid-19 has changed the way we do almost everything. There is significant hope this is temporary, but while we continue to live under various lockdowns and restrictions, how can we carry out research that ensures the safety of the participants and researchers above all else?

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Very little has been written about the methods, risks, challenges and opportunities faced, and what has is almost entirely focused on the pandemic itself. With a focus on how to minimize exclusion and carry out ethical research, this blog brings together the key lessons from what has been published (drawing in particular from Dupton’s review of doing fieldwork in a pandemic), together with learnings from researchers at the Institute of Development Studies and University of Sussex, along with other partners.

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For ideas on methods for fieldwork during the pandemic, check out “Doing Fieldwork in a Pandemic

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