Tag Archive: PIFBlogSeries

Going back to the small-town closet By Diego Garcia Rodriguez, University of Sussex  I can still remember how my grandfather would call me sarasa when I was a child, every time I walked flamboyantly around the living room of his house. ‘Sarasa!’, he would scream, with a half-smile that I...

Silencing and speaking for participants: The problems of concealing researcher sexuality  By Gemma Sou, Social and Global Studies Centre, RMIT University, Melbourne During fieldwork, researchers often conceal elements of identity. Most debates say this is to ensure successful research. However, my recent article, published in Area, argues that a researcher’s...

Inside Out – Re-examining Positionality in Research with LGBTQI+ Refugees By Tyler Valiquette, Yvonne Su, and Emilio Felix Brazil is considered a leader in Latin America for both refugee and LGBTQI+ rights. Yet it is also one of the most dangerous places for LGBTQI+ refugees, particularly Trans people. Since November...

By Myrto Dagkouli-Kyriakoglou, Institute of Urban Research, Malmö University When conducting interviews with LGBTQ+ participants about their housing practices in post-2008 financial crisis Greece, I found myself in an unexpected situation. I initially found it easy to build trust and affinity with my participants. I was able to recruit participants through...

By Anonymous, Since coming out as a gay man in the early 2000s, a lot has changed in terms of public acceptance and protection of LGBT+ people. I was born and raised in a European country, I have witnessed this change, from being the only ‘out’ person in my school...

By Anson Mackay, UCL Geography, Faculty Vice Dean: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Imagine undertaking research fieldwork where you had to either deny you had a partner / husband / wife, for fear of your project being cancelled, or to lie about the gender of your partner. Imagine being on fieldwork...

By Dr Joe Nunez-Mino, Bat Conservation Trust  This article was originally written to mark the first International Day of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) also known as LGBTSTEM Day, in 2018. The day was created in order to help raise awareness...

By Aydan Greatrick, University College London and University of Leeds, and Dr Martin Zebracki, University of Leeds Originally published by Geography Directions  LGBT+ History Month presents an opportunity for us to discuss some of the challenges LGBTQ+* researchers face particularly when conducting fieldwork. These challenges are many, and often omitted...