Doing Research in Conflict Areas: Some Methodological Lessons From Palestine

Audeh, Anas (2023) Doing Research in Conflict Areas: Some Methodological Lessons From Palestine. Köz-gazdaság, 18 (1). pp. 105-121. DOI

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Fieldwork in conflict-ridden settings presents many challenges for humanitarian actors and academic researchers alike. The Palestinian Territories is no exception, due to its spatial and administrative complexity, the anarchic geography, and the unpredictable events that develop. This article discusses, in a self-reflective manner, a set of decisions the researcher had to make during a Ph.D. fieldwork conducted in the West Bank in winter 2019/2020 to cope with the challenges. The research aimed to explore the political entanglement of humanitarian assistance in Palestine and employed the constant comparative method of the grounded theory. The key challenges include balancing between the practicalities of data collection and research ethics, and deciding on a research design that can obtain and validate why/how individuals choose to think, believe, act/react concerning politically sensitive issues.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:conflict, field research, Palestine, methodology
JEL classification:C18 - Methodological Issues: General
F59 - International Relations and International Political Economy: Other
O19 - International Linkages to Development, Role of International Organizations
Subjects:International relations
ID Code:8072
Deposited By: Alexa Horváth
Deposited On:20 Mar 2023 14:41
Last Modified:20 Mar 2023 14:41

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