Crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, disasters or violent conflict present numerous challenges for researchers. Faced with disruption, obstacles and even danger to their own lives, researchers in times of crisis must adapt or redesign existing research methods in order to continue their work effectively.
Including contributions on qualitative and digital research from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas, this volume explores the creative and thoughtful ways in which researchers have adapted methods and rethought relationships in response to challenges arising from crises. Their collective reflections, strategies and practices highlight the importance of responsive, ethical and creative research design and the need to develop methods for fostering mutual, reflexive and healthy relationships in times of crisis.
Helen Kara has been an independent researcher since 1999 and specialises in creative research methods and ethics.
Su-Ming Khoo is Senior Lecturer in Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She specialises in critical development studies, human rights, higher education and decolonial and transdisciplinary approaches.
Introduction ~ Su-ming Khoo and Helen Kara
Part 1: Reflexivity and Ethics
Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should ~ Ali FitzGibbon
Ethnography in Crisis: Methodology in the Cracks ~ Zania Koppe
Phenomenology of Lived Experience: Multi-Layered Approach and Positionality ~ Bibek Dahal
Part 2: Arts-Based Approaches
The Arts of Making-Sense in Uncertain Times: Arts-Based Research and Autoethnography ~ Deborah Green, Amanda Levey, Bettina Evans, Wendy Lawson and Kathrin Marks
Practice-Based Research in Times of Crisis: Weaving Community Together during Lockdown ~ Gretchen Stolte and Lisa Oliver
Communicating Crisis Research with Comics: Representation, Process and Pedagogy ~ Gemma Sou and Sarah Marie Hall
Part 3: Digital Methods
Developing a Collaborative Autonetnographic Approach to Researching Doctoral Students’ Online Experiences ~ Richard McGrath, Holly Bowen-Salter, Emma Milanese and Phoebe Pearce
The Ethical Implications of Using Digital Traces: Studying Explainability and Trust During a Pandemic ~ Natasha Dwyer, Hector Miller-Bakewell, Tessa Darbyshire, Anirban Basu and Steve Marsh
The Use of Objects to Enhance Online Social Research Interviews ~ Maged Zakher and Hoda Wassif
Qualitative Data Re-Use and Secondary Analysis: Researching In and about a Crisis ~ Anna Tarrant and Kahryn Hughes
Researching Older Vietnam-Born Migrants at a Distance: The Role of Digital Kinning ~ Hien Thi Nguyen, Loretta Baldassar, Raelene Wilding and Lukasz Krzyzowski
Part 4: Recurring and longer-term crises
A Timed Crisis: Australian Education, Migrant Asian Teachers and Critical Autoethnography ~ Aaron Teo
Building Relationships and Praxis despite Persistent Obstacles ~ Maria Grazia Imperiale
Managing Ethical Tensions When Conducting Research in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Contexts ~ Gbenga Akinlolu Shadare
Beyond Extraction: Co-creating a Decolonial and Feminist Research Practice in Post-conflict Guatemala ~ Aisling Walsh
Conclusion ~ Helen Kara and Su-ming Khoo