The HUMA Doctoral Seminar Series 2021

Speaker: Yousra Hamdaoui (HUMA, University of Cape Town, South Africa) 

Doing fieldwork is a necessary step for data collection while doing quality research. Sometimes, challenges arise when it occurs in difficult contexts like war zones. Based on my experience during my doctoral research in Mali and Niger, we explore in this conversation the practical and ethical considerations to observe while doing data collection in these situations, including a preventive step before acceding to the fieldwork, tips for safety specially for female researchers who might be affected in these kinds of situation.

About the speaker: Yousra Hamdaoui holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Settat, Morocco. Interested in questions of security, governance, violent extremism, resilience and soft power in the Sahel region and North, she carried out research work in Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Senegal and Morocco. She is in charge of communication and research at Movida/IPAR (Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale), Senegal. She is an Associate Researcher at the Laboratoire d’analyse des sociétés et Pouvoirs (LASPAD) at the Gaston Berger University of Saint Louis, Senegal and the Center for Global Studies of the International University of Rabat, Morocco. Yousra’s research at HUMA examines the state of scholarly publishing and dissemination in North and arabophone Africa from a critical perspective. More