Remote, but in person: doing social sciences fieldwork online


Nicole Brown, Social Research & Practice and Education Ltd.

The Covid19 pandemic has brought about many unforeseen challenges for research in the social sciences. As a result; researchers needed to revise their original research plans; with many abandoning their originally planned approaches to fieldwork and with others feeling at a loss at what to do altogether. 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. Drawing on research projects where fieldwork was fully online; even before the pandemic; delegates will actively experience a variety of remote data collection methods for different purposes and contexts. The interactive workshop further allows delegates to explore benefits and drawbacks as well as practical; methodological and ethical challenges and concerns with doing in-person fieldwork online.