The Peace Frequency: Episode 49
Air Date: August 25, 2017
This podcast is part of a special Peace Frequency series on rule of law in practice, produced jointly by the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL) and the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Global Campus. Each episode in this series offers a snapshot of a priority reform issue or insights on key skills for rule of law promotion in conflict-affected environments. In this podcast, INPROL Director Lelia Mooney and Senior Program Assistant Chelsea Dreher get expert insights on overcoming obstacles to rule of law research and sharing your research to maximize its impact.
Their guest is Kristina Simion, INPROL’s Research Facilitator and a desk officer for the Folke Bernadotte Academy’s rule of law program. She is currently working towards her PhD at the Australian National University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance.
In this podcast, Kristina provides helpful tips to practitioners who are looking to share their knowledge and research, and walks listeners through processes for overcoming major challenges to conducting sensitive research in conflict-affected environments. Tune in for ideas on how to tackle language barriers, process mass amounts of data, and more!
“I think some of the biggest challenges with collecting data in conflict affected countries…[are] related to security and access. Access may include access to research participants as well as access to written documents…and access also relates to security concerns both for you and also for the participants in the research.”
“Issues of translation can be about a lot more than just linguistics…[they] can also be about culture and translating concepts across cultures, and the way researchers interact with people in a local setting.”
“[Y]ou do a lot of planning and research design and that can all seem a bit time consuming at times but also need to remember that that’s an important part of your research. So even if the literature review takes a lot of time, you’ll benefit that all through the research. Also having a robust research plan with a well-defined research question is very useful when you come to more challenging parts of data collection.”
“[T]he most important thing is to share the research with the people who live or were in the community where the research was conducted – to be respondent to research participants and try to give back and present your findings.”
- Simion, Kristina. (2016). “Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Rule of Law Research.” The International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL). https://www.inprol.org/publications/15582/qualitative-and-quantitative-approaches-to-rule-of-law-research.
- Simion, Kristina. (2017). “Publishing in Journals Specializing in Rule of Law.” The International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL). https://www.inprol.org/publications/16169/publishing-in-journals-specializing-in-rule-of-law.