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What does good research in global development look like?

Drawing on his ten years’ experience of interdisciplinary research work in Asia and Europe, Assistant Professor in Global Sustainable Development Dr Marco J Haenssgen’s new book is a practical introduction to qualitative research methods. Dr Haenssgen has designed this as a resource for students, researchers and research partners working on global development projects.

Published today, Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research in Global Development – a Concise Guide, contains a wealth of practical examples and resources to help students and practitioners think through what good research looks like. The guide highlights some of the practical and ethical challenges which can face teams drawn from different academic disciplines working on interdisciplinary issues.

Dr Haenssgen said:

“When training research project staff, and also when bringing my experiences back to the classroom, I found there was no handy, concise volume offering a broad overview of the range of methodological options available that I could bring into the training sessions or recommend to my students – so I felt it was a timely occasion to fill this gap.”

In the book, Dr Haenssgen introduces the range of methodological options open to researchers, and offers practical advice on how they might combine data collection, sampling, and analysis techniques, and how they might present their findings. The book also addresses practical considerations and pitfalls in the course of an interdisciplinary research project: How can we formulate an authorship strategy for an interdisciplinary research project? What does a presubmission enquiry look like? And, how can we avoid past mistakes of extractive research practices in low- and middle-income countries?

The book has been published on 28 November 2019 with Emerald Publishing and can be viewed here.

Front cover of the book