Six lessons from fieldwork in Malawi

I recently got back to Scotland after spending 5 months in Blantyre, Malawi, doing data collection for my PhD. It was great to get out in the field and start gathering data and talking to people, after months of sitting at a desk in Stirling. That said, fieldwork can easily throw up unexpected challenges, and feel overwhelming and hard to manage…

A PhD amongst the paddy fields of south west China

China is truly enormous, comparable in size to the entirety of Europe, and I had little appreciation of this before catching a 3 hour flight only half way across the country from bustling Beijing on the eastern seaboard, the second busiest airport in the world, to Guiyang in the mountainous south west.