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Doing Field Research: Personal, Methodological and Ethical Challenges

  • Syndicate Room, St Anthony's College Oxford OX2 6JF (map)

Does your research involve fieldwork? This workshop is a great opportunity to engage with two experts, who will share their insights on the challenges of conducting fieldwork, reflect on methodological issues, and discuss the ethical review process.


Dr Annette Idler is the Director of Studies at the Changing Character of War Programme at the University of Oxford. For her DPhil research, which she completed in 2014, she conducted one year of independent fieldwork in Colombia’s war-torn borderlands, where she carried out over 430 interviews with local stakeholders such as military and police officers, ex-combatants, traffickers, indigenous leaders and refugees, and has lived embedded in local communities in these fragile settings.

Mrs Claudia Kozeny-Pelling is a Research Ethics Manager for Social Sciences and Humanities at the Research Services of the University of Oxford. She will tell you all the ins and outs of the ethical review process (CUREC/IDREC).