Researching environmental issues with human subjects: An introduction to mixed methods approaches
Presented by Asmita Kabra
This will be an interactive lecture of around 2.5 hours, followed by a discussion tailored around the research themes that workshop participants are currently working on. The lecture will introduce students to the common challenges, biases and errors encountered in researching environmental with human subjects, especially in the context of urban researchers working with rural subjects. It will highlight some common threats to validity of research findings arising from differences in culture and power between the researcher and her subject. It will then introduce students to a toolbox of mixed methods that can be used independently or in combination to address these threats and biases.
I expect the participants to be in the early or mid stages of research design, so that they can relate to the discussion through the lens of their own work. Students who have not yet begun to problemmatize their research interests to arrive at a clear research topic may not find the interactive lecture as beneficial.