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Researching bureaucratic spaces: the crucial role of ‘facilitators’

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My session focuses on the role of ‘facilitators’ in interview-based qualitative research in bureaucratic settings. Facilitators are individuals or groups that are not exclusive controllers of access, usually described as gatekeepers. Based on recent fieldwork in state ministries, government agencies and international organisations, I argue that the relational dimension of ‘doing fieldwork’ often tends to be underestimated, and that the role of facilitators is a crucial component of research with ‘elites’ and experts. I also share insights into affiliations with academic and policy institutions beyond the university, and the relevance these affiliations can have for the research process.

This talk is part of the Fieldwork Seminar: Methodologies in the 'field' series.

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