helping to make fieldwork safer, healthier and more ethical

TNE Consultancy

Helping to make fieldwork safer, healthier and more ethical.

Our mission

TNE Consultancy has grown out of our experience writing and curating our publishing project, The New Ethnographer. On the blog, we write, talk, and curate presentations and conference panels about researcher experiences conducting fieldwork. The New Ethnographer is a future-oriented project, and our writing, contributions, and mission is to develop the collective knowledge to implement change in institutions so they can better support researchers to conduct fieldwork safely for ourselves and for those we work with. 

Now we want to use this knowledge to support research-hosting institutions to provide better resources and training for pre-fieldwork researchers. We offer universities a range of services packaged to suit their current needs.

What we do

The New Ethnographer is proud to announce we are now offering a consultant audit service for universities teaching fieldwork methods. The impact that long term research in the field can take on the health and wellbeing of those conducting fieldwork has led to concern over university preparedness for fieldwork. In the wake of several high profile cases of detainment, torture, and death of doctoral students at UK universities we ask: are you doing enough? Our audit offers a comprehensive review of the ways in which universities support and manage student and staff fieldwork experiences before, during, and after fieldwork.

We base our expertise on our own experiences and findings from doctoral and post-doctoral fieldwork as well as the contributions to our numerous conference panels, well known blog, and forthcoming edited volume, with contributors hailing from institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCL, SOAS, Harvard, St. Andrews, and many others. The New Ethnographer is now expanding its range to conduct a wide-scale report about UK universities and their approaches to managing fieldwork, and as a result we invite universities to take the opportunity to lead the way in rethinking their approaches.

 

We advise in these areas

Health

Physical and mental health are always important to do good research, but academic work is notorious for mental stress. How to cope when access to medical facilities during time in the field is different and unfamiliar? How to cope with isolation and loneliness in the field?

Safety

Some field sites have more safety risks than others. How can you know what are the real risks before you go there and experience them? What measures can you put in place to make you feel safer?

Ethics

Ethical considerations are important in any kind of research. But when you are displaced into another culture with different values, it’s hard to know how to get everything right. Whose ethics should you follow?

Gender

We are gendered in different ways in different places. How can you respect local cultures while protecting yourself? How can you represent yourself while being sensitive to cultural difference?