The chapter reflects on the author’s experiences as a Ph.D. student in Belfast in the mid-1980s conducting research on militant groups. It considers issues of security, ethics and access and juxtaposes the author’s experiences with what is ‘meant to happen’ according to the textbooks. The chapter illustrates the value of patience, of good luck and also considers the (dis)advantages of conducting research in one’s home city.
|Title of host publication
|The Companion to Peace and Conflict Fieldwork
|Roger MacGinty, Roddy Brett, Birte Vogel
|Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
|Number of pages
|Published - 27 Aug 2020