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In the wake of COVID-19, researchers are shifting to physically-distanced research formats. This panel considers the feasibility and challenges, as well as best practices, of remote research methods within the field of international development.
This panel aims to explore remote research methods in the field of international development, and reflect how researchers have adopted them as a way to conduct fieldwork. We especially welcome contributions that touch upon one or more of the following:
• How mobility disruptions, physical distancing and lockdown measures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic had pivoted your plans and reshaped your research design;
• Creative participatory research and data collection methods, such as remote video and photo diaries, online surveys and digital ethnography;
• Considerations for shifting from in-person to remote research methods, especially the ongoing impact on the participants involved in the research;
• The ethical challenges of remote research methods, in particular when working with vulnerable communities in developing and less developed countries;
• The practical challenges of remote research methods, including the legitimacy and reliability of data collected.
As an experimental panel, accepted papers are required to submit a pre-recorded video presentation, which will be played in the allocated timing during the conference. A live Q&A and discussion with all of the panel speakers and conference participants will follow after all of the presentations have been played.