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The 85th "Doing research in transboundary conflict contexts: Reflections from the field in Uganda"

Tuesday 21st November, 2023 5:40p.m.~7:10p.m.(JST)

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◆Presenter: Dr.Constance Mudondo (Makerere University)

Title:"Doing research in transboundary conflict contexts: Reflections from the field in Uganda"

【Abstract】 Although research in conflict-context has been presented to be critical in peace making process, the field experiences of researchers are seldom highlighted.

 This article illustrates experiences of doing research in transboundary conflict contexts. Using the conflict in Namatala transboundary wetland in Eastern Uganda, the article draws on the reflections from the field and highlights the researchers' practical experiences of doing research in transboundary conflict contexts. The study which adopted a mixed approach employed a number of methods to collect data, that is household surveys, focus group discussions and key informant interviews.

 This article illustrates that researchers in transboundary conflict contexts have numerous experiences that include; how their identity shapes penetration to the field, navigating power relations among and between participants, ensuring safety of participants during data collection, how political and social events shape the research process, dealing with their emotions and how to navigate community gender dynamics during data collection.

 The article demonstrates that the conflict fields shape how participants perceive the researchers, how data is generated and how the researchers navigate research fields. This article demonstrates that researchers in conflict contexts ought to be very flexible and take note of the undertones of the changing conflict context.

Key words: Conflict, Research experiences, Transboundary areas, Wetlands

◆Day and Time: 21st Tuesday November 2023

 5:40p.m.~7:10p.m.(JST) / 8:40a.m.~10:10a.m.(GMT)

◆Venue: 302 ILCAA, TUFS and Zoom

Access: http://www.aa.tufs.ac.jp/en/about/access

◆Language: English

◆Admission: Free ※Pre-registration is required.

Register here! by 20th November Pre-registration is required.


◆Contact: wakana[at]aa.tufs.ac.jp (Wakana Shiino@ILCAA)

◆Jointly Organized by:

The TUFS Field Science Commons (TUFiSCo),

African Studies Center-TUFS


The seminar held on Tuesday 21 November was marked by lively discussion with 10 attendees in person and 20 online. How to conduct research in conflict-affected areas attracted considerable attention from graduate students.

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