Doing research in conflict contexts is crucial. But how do you best conduct research in conflict-affected contexts? These guidelines are designed for all levels of researchers – from research student to professor – who conduct research in settings that are affected by conflict.
The guidelines take you through 9 steps of a research cycle and point your attention to critical and sensitive aspects of research in and on conflict.
Adopting a conflict sensitive approach to research helps to understand the interaction of research with multiple layers of overt or latent conflicts. The interaction of research and conflict context effects what is being researched, how research is carried out, and the knowledge that is thus produced.
Authors: Ursina Bentele
Standard identifier: ISSN 2297-184X/DOI 10.528/zendo3601000
WICID Blog about collaboration in an interdisciplinary transnational research project during the COVID-19 pandemic by Bronwen Webster.Image: Bronwen Webster
This publication by swisspeace and the KFPE demonstrates, in eight contributions, how scientists view their research as dependent of national and international power structures. Research in conflict zones can point to ways and means to diffuse tension, if consciously undertaken. To achieve this objective, field research projects need to consider these specifics from the very outset.
Transboundary and intercultural research in partnership is a continuous process of sound knowledge generation, building mutual trust, mutual learning and shared ownership.