‘DARG Postgraduate Careers Workshop: Opportunities in the non-governmental organisation NGO sector’

This workshop will be held at the RGS in May. For one of the sessions recent graduates will be invited to speak about their experiences getting employment in NGOs and or dividing their work between academic research and NGOs. Ideally another postgraduate is needed to speak at this session. In particular the organisers are looking for a recent graduate (last few years), preferably based in London, who now work in the NGO sector. Please email Jessica Hope with any suggestions at

International Fieldwork in Development Contexts: Postgraduate Training Workshop Newcastle University, 6th-7th February 2013

International Fieldwork in Development Contexts: Postgraduate Training Workshop. 
North East Doctoral Training Centre: ESRC Advanced Training ModuleThis will be held on the 6th -7th February at Newcastle University, Post Graduate Training Suite, 7th floor Daysh Building. To register please contact Ann Williamson-Forster DTC Administrator:hass.pgtraining@ncl.ac.uk.
Speakers include: Cheryl MacEwan (Durham University); Matt Baillie Smith and Katy Kenkins (Northumbria University); Nina Laurie and Susanne Speak (Newcastle University).
The workshop also involved a number of peer learning panels including presentations from and discussion with PGs who have recently completed fieldwork as well as an interactive  active panel with a number of students currently ‘in the field’.
All presenters will draw on personal experience and fieldwork case studies. A workshop pack will include further reading, key contacts and summaries.
Topics to be covered include:
·      Theoretical and Methodological Considerations.
Conceptualising the field; fieldwork at home and abroad; researcher positionality; politics of fieldwork; research in challenging situations (e.g. conflict areas), reflexivity.
·      Access and Ethics
Gaining entry and access to information, research sites, resources, subjects, communities; collecting sensitive, personal information; dealing with gender issues; confidentiality; peer pressure on research subjects; avoiding bias; social relationships of field research; research fatigue; expectations that the research will produce economic outcomes. 
·      Practical issues.
Bureaucratic requirements; visas; vaccinations; risk assessments; cultural considerations; safety for lone researchers; safety for women in the field, families and fieldwork.
·      Data Analysis and ensuring research has an impact (makes a difference)
This will explore what we can understand impact to be in development contexts and include examples from individual and collaborative research.

5th Annual Postgraduate Conference to be held on Tuesday 25th March 2013 at the University of Sheffield

The Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) would like to announce the call for papers for the 5th Annual Postgraduate Conference to be held on Tuesday 25th March 2013 at the University of Sheffield.
The deadline for the call for papers is 24th January 2014
This event aims to provide a friendly academic atmosphere for postgraduate students from all over the UK to share and discuss their current research in international development. The meeting will showcase postgraduate research that has emerged from a range of disciplines. Active dialogue will be promoted between postgraduates at different stages in their research building a greater understanding of research at all levels.
The conference seeks papers that address Multidisciplinary Insights into International Development: Reconciling the Divided Priorities of One Global Nation.
If you wish to present a paper, please submit an abstract of 250 words to the organizing committee (development-studies@sheffield.ac.uk) with the subject heading “SIID Conference Abstract’ by January 24th 2014. Further details regarding abstract submission and costs are attached. 
Further details will be made available in January.