Past event

Navigating Allyship in Research and Fieldwork

Navigating Allyship in Research and Fieldwork aims to encourage students and researchers across interdisciplinary boundaries to consider ethics and power relations involved in conducting research. The event is a collaboration between Sustainable Development Society, Anthropology Society, the BAME Network, and Third Generation Project.

Join us on zoom for an insightful panel discussion with four interdisciplinary guest speakers! Each has experience working in or are a part of host communities and have practical experiences to share about negotiating power relations in research and fieldwork. Through the discussion, we will reflect on ethical, theoretical, and practical implications of developing meaningful relationships with host communities.

Topics of discussion will include but are not limited to parachute research, community-based and collaborative research approaches, and relationships with funders.

Here are our guest speakers:

Latif Ismail

Latif Ismail co-founded Transparency Solutions (TS) and grew it from a UK based consultancy company delivering Home Office contracted projects to a leading and ethical Somali-led research, management and development company with its headquarters in Hargeisa, Somaliland; regional offices in Mogadishu, Puntland and the UK as well as five satellite offices across Somalia. He is also the director of Horn Risk Management.

Providence Akayezu

Providence Akayezu is a biologist conservationist and is a National Geographic Explorer. Much of her work and passion is inclined on conservation research. Her National Geographic research is on evaluating the impacts of the tourism revenue sharing in and around Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda. She also works as a freelance consultant in natural resources management, biodiversity, community engagement and tourism.

Ariadne Collins

Ariadne Collins is a Lecturer in the School of International Relations. Her work lies at the intersection of climate change governance, environmental policy and international development. More specifically, she analyzes the interplay between market-based conservation and post-colonial development. Her work features an emphasis on processes of racialization and histories of colonialism, and their challenge to the successful enactment of forest governance policies in the Global South.

Roseanna T. McPhee

Roseanna T. McPhee is a Scottish Gypsy Traveller who was raised and educated in the Bobbin Mill Tinker Experiment, Pitlochry; part of a covert national programme of racial eugenics. She has carried out extensive voluntary advocacy on behalf of Gypsy Travellers and campaigns for community rights. She is currently a member of the Scottish Human Rights Commission's Adequate Living Standards Group and is Secretary of RAJPOT.

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