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Research without a lab 2

Isolation measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 means that social researchers who conduct face-to-face fieldwork (interviews, focus groups, participant observation, ethnographies etc) are now faced with the challenge of either delaying or re-inventing their methods so that they can continue their research until these measures are relaxed.

This crowdsourced document provides a space for people to share their methods for doing fieldwork in a pandemic - specifically, ideas for avoiding in-person interactions by using mediated forms that will achieve similar ends.
 
Table of contents
  • Photo/Video/Voice Elicitation
  • Diaries/journaling
  • Re-enactment Videos
  • Using Wearable Cameras (and other first-person perspective tech)
  • Epistolary Interviews
  • Online Discussion Platforms
  • Cultural/Mobile Probes
  • The Story Completion Method
  • App-based Methods
  • Using Google/Microsoft Forms for Data Collection
  • Autoethnography 
  • Netnography/Virtual Methods
  • Digital Methods and Quali-Quant analysis 
  • Using YouTube (and Online Video) for (Teaching) Observational Studies 
  • Experimenting with Online Live Action Role Play (O-LARPs) 
  • Using YouTube for observational studies 

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Crowdsourced document initiated by Deborah Lupton (@DALupton, d.lupton@unsw.edu.au) on 17 March 2020.

Dr Yenn Lee from the University of London has created a guide for conducting research despite the travel restrictions, which you may find useful - Conducting Research Despite Travel Restrictions

 

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