Research Methods

Transformative Research: is it the way forward for Africa?

A growing number of policymakers, researchers and funding bodies have gotten excited about transformative research on Africa. Transformative research, they claim, may support progress towards economic, social and environmental sustainability in Africa and may enhance the participation of local actors in development research and cooperation. This may happen, if we actually knew what transformative research meant and how best […]

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    Book Review – Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists by Andrew Bank

Book Review – Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists by Andrew Bank

Anne Heffernan says this book represents an important contribution to the history of social anthropology by reclaiming the place of its foremothers.

Andrew Bank opens his new monograph, Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists, in the anthropology corridor of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Bank describes this hallway as lined with a ‘fictitious lineage’ of portraits of […]

Calling all LSE blogs authors – we need your help!

Here at the LSE blogs, we’re always eager to follow up on our published posts and track the impacts that they have; whether this is mainstream media coverage, inclusion on a university course reading list, references in grey literature or in policy documentation. Much of this can be captured by link-tracking but there are inevitably cases we can’t pick […]

February 2nd, 2017|LSE, Research Methods|0 Comments|
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    Cookstove advocates must place gender and violence at the centre of research designs

Cookstove advocates must place gender and violence at the centre of research designs

LSE alumnus Samer Abdelnour examines the false causality in the gender-based violence and improved cook stoves agenda.

There is growing interest among humanitarian actors in interventions to protect vulnerable communities from gender violence, particularly displaced women and girls. Improved cookstoves are one such intervention. In fact, over the past decade hundreds of thousands of cookstoves have been delivered to women […]

Subverting Love Stories

LSE’s Clare Coultas questions the portrayal of love in global sexual health promotion campaigns and argues that it is imperative that connecting love with safety and protection in sexual health needs to be rooted in subversion for such campaigns to succeed.

Monogamous love is frequently used in global sexual health promotion efforts to try to inspire choices about “safe sexual […]

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    Sampling, snowballs and non-strategies: How to accidentally stumble upon data ​

Sampling, snowballs and non-strategies: How to accidentally stumble upon data ​

LSE’s Femke Gubbels describes the snowball sampling technique proved useful while doing research in Tanzania.

 
Participant sampling techniques are of relevance to any study involving human subjects. The options are myriad and choosing the right one hinges on what your research is trying to uncover. When conducting research guided by ethnographic principles, it is not uncommon to use snowball sampling; […]

Where is the ‘African’ in African Studies?

We need to put the ‘African’ in African Studies, not as a token gesture, but as an affirmation that Africans have always produced knowledge about their continent, says Robtel Neajai Pailey.

Last week, I was invited by Eritrean-Ethiopian masters student Miriam Siun of Leiden University’s African Studies Centre to give one of two keynote lectures on the topic, “Where Is the […]

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    Black Body to Black Body: Decolonizing Self and Liberating My Gaze

Black Body to Black Body: Decolonizing Self and Liberating My Gaze

Black bodies continue to be bound and unbound by histories not yet resolved, by present day realities that have not escaped the past, and by things that are far less tangible and much more felt,  argues LSE’s Imara Ajani Rolston.

Binyavanga Wainana wrote the following in satirical piece “How to Write about Africa”:
“Don’t get bogged down with precise descriptions. Africa […]

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    Inhabited Research: Reflexivity and Positioning in a Dynamic and Contestable World

Inhabited Research: Reflexivity and Positioning in a Dynamic and Contestable World

How much of an insider or an outsider are we in our research and what meaning does this carry? LSE’s Clare Coultas shares some insights.

Reflexive awareness is fundamental in all research work. Continually assessing at every stage of a project how we as researchers may impact on not only the people we study but also the findings that we […]

Academic Research – Stories You Don’t Get to Hear

LSE’s Alice Evans checks her privilege as she recounts some of the not-so-pleasant aspects of her fieldwork.

I shouted fiercely, telling him to back off. Instead he persisted, mirroring my lurches left and right – as if we were playing football together. But it didn’t feel like a game. He was drunk and backing me into a corner. Taunting me. […]

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