• 09.01.2020
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Guidelines to conflict sensitive research

Guidelines to Conflict Sensitivity (picture by KO)
Guidelines to Conflict Sensitivity (picture by KO)
Guidelines to Conflict Sensitivity (picture by KO)

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 conflict-affected.

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.

Applying conflict sensitivity to research highlights that, regardless of subject matter and methodology, research is always part of the context in which it takes place. In conflict contexts, where tensions are high, power dynamics are extreme and the security situation is opaque, the presence of international researchers and the ‘extraction’ of information can be very sensitive.

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.

Go to the Guidelines to conflict sensitive research

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Step 2: Assess the assumptions and political sensitivities of your research design
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Unerlässlich, aber heikel: Wie Forschung in Konfliktgebieten gelingt

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