Tackling ethical and methodological challenges and possibilities in geographical research

Call for abstracts

There is rarely a ‘box on the form’ for the ethical challenges which arise in geographical research. These challenges tend to be ‘dynamic, ongoing and complex’ (Gillan and Pickerill, 2012) rather than predictable. They concern the responsibilities of a researcher to her participants, but extend far beyond matters of informed consent. We invite presentations that draw on researchers’ fieldwork experiences, as well as those with a theoretical focus. Topics we are interested in include but are not limited to:


·       Decolonising methods

·       Over-researched people and places

·       Scholar-activism and the challenges of joining the struggle

·       Responsibilities beyond informed consent

·       Power differentials between researcher/researched, and amongst the researched

·       Writing unflattering accounts

·       Participant benefits

·       The neoliberal university and research ethics

·       Digital research methods and social media as data 


Abstracts are due 28th February via the following link (you will create an account and then go on to submit your abstract, choosing 'Tackling ethical and methodological challenges and possibilities in geographical research' in the drop down box): https://cdesign.eventsair.com/2019-iag/abstracts


Please contact Laura Wynne (laura.wynne@utas.edu.au) or Pratichi Chatterjee (pratichi.chatterjee@sydney.edu.au) with any questions about this session.

References and related reading

Ahmed, S. (2012). On being included: Racism and diversity in institutional life. Duke University Press.

Chatterton, P., Hodkinson, S., & Pickerill, J. (2010). Beyond Scholar Activism: Making Strategic Interventions Inside and Outside the Neoliberal University. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 9(2), 245–275.

de La Bellacasa, M. P. (2017). Matters of care: Speculative ethics in more than human worlds. U of Minnesota Press. 

Gillan, K., & Pickerill, J. (2012). The difficult and hopeful ethics of research on, and with, social movements. Social Movement Studies, 11(2), 133-143.

Haraway, D. J. (2016). Staying with the trouble: Making kin in the Chthulucene. Duke University Press. 

Nagar, R., & Geiger, S. (2007). Reflexivity and Positionality in Feminist Fieldwork Revisited. In A. Tickell, E. Sheppard, J. Peck, & T. Barnes (Eds.), Politics and practice in economic geography (pp. 267–278). Los Angeles ; London: SAGE.

Neal, S., Mohan, G., Cochrane, A., & Bennett, K. (2016). ‘You can’t move in Hackney without bumping into an anthropologist’: why certain places attract research attention. Qualitative Research, 16(5), 491–507. 

Oldfield, S. (2015). Between activism and the academy: The urban as political terrain. Urban Studies, 52(11), 2072–2086. 

Routledge, P., & Derickson, K. D. (2015). Situated solidarities and the practice of scholar-activism. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 33(3), 391–407.

 Sukarieh, M., & Tannock, S. (2013). On the Problem of Over-researched Communities: The Case of the Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp in Lebanon. Sociology, 47(3), 494–508.

 Tironi, M., & Rodríguez-Giralt, I. (2017). Healing, knowing, enduring: Care and politics in damaged worlds. The Sociological Review, 65(2_suppl), 89-109.