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2015-04-08: Seminar at IIE with Regina Scheyvens, Professor, Massey University, New Zealand


Welcome to a seminar at the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE), Dept. of Economy and Society at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

When: Wednesday 8 April, 13.15-15.00

Where: Kurt Grönforsrummet, Malmstenvåningen (A6), Vasagatan 1

Responsibility and Reciprocity in Development Fieldwork: New Ways of Engagement?

Regina Scheyvens– Visiting Professor at Human Geography, Dept. of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg Professor of Development Studies, Massey University, New Zealand

During the 1970s and 1980s Western social scientists were confronted with serious questioning of their ‘right' to conduct research in ‘developing’ countries. Criticism of the often intrusive, extractive nature of such fieldwork was most valuable, as it led to deep self-reflection by researchers and greater efforts to build ethical principles into research design. In this presentation, Regina Scheyvens will draw upon material from her edited book, Development Fieldwork: A Practical Guide (Sage, 2014) and the experience of supervising over 40 Masterate and PhD students to suggest a set of principles that could usefully guide development research. Ideas of reciprocity, collaboration, humility, downward accountability and cultural understanding are posed as central to such work.