Pride in the Field (Impact Award)

PRIDE IN THE FIELD (PIF): Promoting Inclusive Fieldwork Spaces for LGBTQ+ Workers in Research, Policy and Practice

ESRC LSSI Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Award

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PIF is the first project of its kind to shift focus to impact policies and practices supporting the needs and activities of fieldworkers identified/affiliated with LGBTQ+ communities. Through knowledge exchange, developing community support and co-production of resources, PIF supports global beneficiaries in pursuing socially important fieldwork in (more) inclusive and safe ways.

The level of acceptance and persecution faced by the LGBTQ+ community varies considerably and remains highly problematic in most parts of the world. The project will develop a much-needed global web-based platform, The Platform, involving active membership recruitment and provision of supportive fieldworking resources, including LGBTQ+ rights information, continuous support and emergency help for LGBTQ+(-allied) fieldworkers.

PIF will develop new and significant global social science impact by contributing expert knowledge and awareness-raising of inclusive fieldwork practices and spaces. Thereby, PIF will provide peer-to-peer support to LGBTQ+ fieldworkers and their allies, regardless of social background, professional and contractual status and nationality.

The project will establish proof of concept of the web-based user support platform, further enhancing field research capacity and related advocacy work. PIF serves as basis for leveraging new externally funded research to inform and benefit LGBTQ+ inclusive fieldwork practices and policies at regional, national and international levels.