Researching under fire: Issues for consideration when collecting data and information in war circumstances, with specific reference to relief and reconstruction projects

S Barakat, S Ellis

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The post-Cold War era has witnessed an increased number of conflicts and higher levels of international intervention by the humanitarian community and the military. Those who undertake to research the actions of relief and development agencies acting in these wars must act within new parameters that require a flexible, innovative and reflective approach. Not much is known about data collection in war. The most relevant publications come from the field of development studies. This paper is a beginning in a much-needed discourse on researching under fire; it is offered not as a definitive work, but as a starting-point for discussion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-156
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1996

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