In line with the current social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19, fieldwork/research involving any face-to-face data collection (such as interviews, focus groups, etc.) will need to be paused or alternative methods arranged (e.g. conducting interviews using video conference platforms, using online surveys, etc.).
The School will only allow travel for research purposes to countries/territories that are exempted from the Foreign and Commonwealth’s (FCO) “all but essential travel” list following the completion of a travel and COVID specific assessment. Approval to travel will be withdrawn if it the country/territory is removed from the list prior to departure. Travel to all other countries will not be permitted at this time
If you data collection in the country /territory where the research is due to take place can be safely resumed (either by yourself or by local research assistants/enumerators, etc.), you will need to make a case to the Research Ethics Team to undertake face-to-face data collection.
Note that any travel for fieldwork/data collection purposes currently requires approval by the School’s Senior Management Committee (SMC) and you will be required to undertake risk assessments. This includes students that are currently studying away from London due to COVID 19.
Risk assessments and ethics approvals should be undertaken at least 3 months prior the intended fieldwork/data collection start date.
If you wish to commence/resume fieldwork/ data collection in London, then providing you have the necessary ethics and health and safety approvals you do not need to submit any forms to the PhD Academy. Any fieldwork/data collection being carried out away from London will require you to submit a fieldwork/data collection form to the PhD Academy at least one month prior to the start of your intended fieldwork/data collection.
If you have any questions about research ethics or the resumption of face-to-face research, please email email@example.com.
If you have any questions about risk assessments/travel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.