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Edited by Enrique Desmond Arias

Over the last generation, activists, journalists, and researchers working in Latin America have increasingly faced the challenge of operating in areas affected by chronic police and non-state violence. Further, rising crime rates are leading a growing number of scholars to conduct research on high-risk topics, which involves gathering data on communities that experience conflict, writing and publishing on these difficult and sensitive issues, and developing and implementing programs to deal with the needs of communities affected by violence as well as the wider conflicts in which those communities are embedded. Despite these trends, the literature on safe practices for those working in high-risk environments remains thin. The DSD Working Papers on Research Security series seeks to address this deficit by examining a range of research security concerns, providing a framework to help those working in the region consider how they can enhance their own safety as well as the safety of their associates and research participants.

The DSD Program is funded by the Open Society Foundations. The program is a partnership between OSF, the SSRC, Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico.

No. 1

Qualitative Research in Dangerous Places: Becoming an Ethnographer of Violence and Personal Safety [PDF]
By Daniel M. Goldstein

No. 2

“How Was Your Trip?” Self-Care for Researchers Working and Writing on Violence [PDF]
By Kimberly Theidon

No. 3

Security Considerations for Conducting Fieldwork in Highly Dangerous Places or on Highly Dangerous Subjects [PDF]
By Vanda Felbab-Brown

No. 4

Building an Effective Research Safety Protocol and Emergency Exit Strategies [PDF]
By Angélica Durán-Martínez

No. 5

Doing Research in Violent Settings: Ethical Considerations and Ethics Committees [PDF]
By Corinne Davis Rodrigues

No. 6

Numbers under Fire: The Challenges of Gathering Quantitative Data in Highly Violent Settings [PDF]
By Javier Osorio

No. 7

Data Security in Highly Violent Settings [PDF]
By Enrique Desmond Arias

No. 8

The Familiar and the Foreign: Local and Visiting Researchers in Highly Violent Areas [PDF]
By María Clemencia Ramírez