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Doing Fieldwork in Areas of International InterventionA Guide to Research in Violent and Closed Contexts$
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Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Morten Bøås

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529206883

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529206883.001.0001

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On Assessing Risk Assessments and Situating Security Advice: The Unsettling Quest for ‘Security Expertise’

On Assessing Risk Assessments and Situating Security Advice: The Unsettling Quest for ‘Security Expertise’

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Doing Fieldwork in Areas of International Intervention
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Judith Verweijen

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529206883.003.0009

This chapter tackles the challenges of security in violent research contexts. It offers in-depth insights into how Judith Verwejien assessed security risks when she researched micro-dynamics of conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It also details practical forms of preparation for potential harm and how to avoid it, such as analyzing patterns of kidnappings or imaging an ambush and practising how to behave in such a situation. The chapter shows that the combination of good security analysis and realistic preparations can help minimize risks even in a highly violent context such as eastern DRC. It also analyzes what counts as knowledge on security dynamics and how does this knowledge translate into guidelines for action.

Keywords:   violent research contexts, Judith Verwejien, security risks, Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC, security analysis, eastern DRC

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