During this session, we will discuss four key elements of conducting qualitative research in LMIC settings, using case studies and examples from real-world research we have led and been involved in Malaysia, South Africa, Malawi and Kenya. As a group, we will participate in interactive exercises and troubleshoot issues we well as discussing practicalities related to:
- Ethics and reflexivity – how we conduct ourselves as ethical researchers in low and middle income country settings? What biases do we bring to the research setting and why is it important to a) be aware of them and b) overcome them?
- Building relationships – an A to Z of building relationships with partners in LMIC settings
- Cultural contexts, awareness and accountability – how do you learn about another culture and context and use that learning to inform your research practice? What are your limitations as a researcher and in what ways are you accountable?
- Translation and transcription – challenges, practicalities, costs and quality control
Whilst our own research is focused on health and environmental issues, these aspects apply equally to research conducted in other topic areas and disciplines.
Please note this session is best suited to students who are working, planning or have a high interest in working with colleagues and partners in LMIC settings
Delivered by Dr Isabelle Uny and Dr Rachel O’Donnell