Creative Fieldwork Online

Creative Fieldwork Online

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As part of the Creative stream with methods@manchester, get an insight to doing social sciences fieldwork online.

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The Covid19 pandemic has brought about many unforeseen challenges for research in the social sciences, as we needed to move fieldwork online. However, doing research remotely, does not need to be impersonal, different or problematic; indeed, it can be a positive, proactive choice to account for inclusion and inclusivity. The aim of this training session is to provide delegates with an introduction to doing social sciences fieldwork online, and to consider the practicalities of moving fieldwork into the virtual space. Delegates will gain insight into research projects where fieldwork was fully online, even before the pandemic, will actively experience a variety of remote data collection methods for different purposes and contexts, and will explore strategies to connect and build rapport with participants so that remote does not equate "distant". The interactive workshop allows delegates to explore benefits and drawbacks as well as methodological and ethical challenges and concerns with doing in-person fieldwork online.

Dr Nicole Brown is Director of Social Research & Practice and Education Ltd and Associate Professor at UCL Institute of Education. Nicole’s research interests relate to physical and material representations of experiences, the generation of knowledge and use of metaphors to express what is difficult to express, and more generally, research methods and approaches to explore identity and body work. Her books include Lived Experiences of Ableism in Academia: Strategies for Inclusion in Higher Education, Ableism in Academia: Theorising Experiences of Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses in Higher Education, Embodied Inquiry: Research Methods, and Making the Most of Your Research Journal. Nicole's most recent creative nonfiction has been published in the Journal of Participatory Research Methods, So Fi Zine, The AutoEthnographer.

She tweets as @ncjbrown and @AbleismAcademia

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