Conducting Fieldwork in and with Indigenous Communities

Conducting Fieldwork in and with Indigenous Communities
12 March 2021, 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Research Training

Session leaders: Kaya Davies Hayon (Belong-The Cohesion and Integration Network) and Fadma Aït Mous (Hassan II, Casablanca)

What are the challenges and rewards of working in and with Indigenous communities? How can fieldwork researchers establish relationships and build trust with often hard-to-reach communities? What ethical, linguistic and cultural issues might arise, and how can these be navigated in ways that respect local traditions and customs? How can researchers ensure that the research outcomes and outputs are relevant to the Indigenous communities concerned? Drawing on theories, approaches and practices from a broad range of contexts, this session will introduce you to the main issues to consider when conducting fieldwork in and with Indigenous communities. It will be run by researchers with experience of working with Indigenous Amazigh women in rural Morocco and will offer insights from experience in the field.

Key Readings:
Chilisa, Bagele, Indigenous Research Methodologies, 2nd edition (Sage, 2019).
Exley, Beryl, Susan Whatman and Parlo Singh, ‘Postcolonial, decolonial research dilemmas: fieldwork in Australian Indigenous contexts’, Qualitative Research, vol. 18, no. 5 (2018), 526-37.
Stevens, Stan, ‘Fieldwork as Commitment’, Geographical Review, vol. 91, no.1/2 (2001), 66-73.
This session has been organised by the Institute’s Fieldwork and Modern Languages working group, chaired by Claire Griffiths ( The sessions are free and open to researchers at all levels in the UK and beyond, but advance registration is essential. Please contact Naomi Wells ( for more general questions about the IMLR's research training programme.

This event will be held online via Zoom. Participation is free; however, advance registration is required. Details about how to join the virtual meet-up will be circulated via email to registered attendees.


Kremena Velinova
020 7664 4884