Guidance for Fieldwork Planning
Successful fieldwork not only entails meeting the objectives of the field excursion and ensuring the physical safety of participating individuals, but also requires proactive strategies to promote an inclusive learning environment and protect the rights and mental well-being of at-risk individuals. At-risk individuals include marginalized identities of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity and/or religion (Demery & Pipkin, 2020).
To ensure successful, safe, and inclusive fieldwork, we strongly recommend that fieldwork organizers hold a pre-fieldwork meeting to discuss a set of guidelines with all participating individuals. The guidelines should ideally state the scientific objectives of the trip, safety and policy information, and the roles and responsibilities of all participants, as well as options and resources for reporting. Below is a list of points to be considered for developing guidelines for any type of fieldwork. Because each fieldwork varies in its nature (location, surrounding resources, group size/dynamic, etc.), fieldwork organizers should tailor their guidelines to the specific field requirements and individual needs.