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Back to Field: Uncertainty and Risk in Field Research

Jannis Grimm et al. – 2022

The rapid spread of COVID-19 beginning in early 2020 caused global disruption. As the risk of infection rose and public health authorities around the world enacted measures to contain the virus, everyday life ground to a halt. Activities that seemed routine in late 2019 became fraught with uncertainty. Fieldwork was no exception. Most field researchers had to change or cancel at least some of their plans; some left their field in a hurry before travel was shut down while others had to lock down on site; most academic institutions restricted travel, with some even prohibiting all forms of international movement. In brief, many traditional forms of fieldwork became all but impossible during the pandemic.

Back to Field: Uncertainty and Risk in Field Research
Jannis Grimm et al.
Qualitative & Multi-Method Research: 20(2), 21-25