Research at arm's length: the risks of doing research in remote locations.

Year: 2003

Author: Partington, Gary

Type of paper: Refereed paper

Conducting research in centres remote from home has many risks associated with it. In this paper, these risks are described in relation to the events that occurred while a research project was being undertaken. The project involved researching community perceptions and attitudes towards involvement in a school in a small town in a remote part of Western Australia. Distance, cultural differences, communication difficulties, lack of knowledge of the community and personnel problems were some of the risks that were evident. The paper provides advice on strategies to avoid the risks that remote management of research entails, and examines literature related to the topic.