Transitional justice research involves critical examination of difficult topics that can raise ethical and methodological issues for participants and for researchers. Empirical research is a common approach to transitional justice studies in the field, yet researchers’ accounts of the tensions that can arise when undertaking research in politically sensitive environments are largely missing from the scholarly literature. Informed by the insights of scholars and researchers who work in the transitional justice field, this paper aims to open discussion about the myriad ways that researching sensitive topics may affect researchers, and to bring attention to strategies used by researchers to negotiate these challenges. The paper concludes with some suggestions for improving the wellbeing of researchers when working with difficult topics in the field.
"Research Note - “Doing the research I do has left scars”: Challenges of Researching in the Transitional Justice Field,"
Transitional Justice Review: Vol. 1
, Article 5.
Available at: https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/tjreview/vol1/iss5/5