Bermuda triangulation: embracing the messiness of researching in conflict

Perera, Suda (2017) Bermuda triangulation: embracing the messiness of researching in conflict. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 11 (1). pp. 42-57. ISSN 1750-2977

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In conflict-affected states, poor transportation infrastructure and risk-averse security protocols can significantly constrain researchers’ ability to access information. Pressure on academics to be methodologically rigorous and produce policy-relevant research means that the problematic nature of the data we use is often obscured and ignored in research outputs. Through an autoethnography of research in the DRC, this article critically discusses the messiness of triangulating information in the field amidst the competing knowledge claims of different actors on the ground. Nonetheless, it argues that information which is messy and difficult to triangulate can itself be a valuable source of conflict knowledge. This knowledge emerges from what is here termed ‘Bermuda Triangulation’—whereby the verification of one piece of information leads to the uncovering of multiple views, which may themselves tell us much about the drivers of conflict.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Development
School of Global Studies > International Relations
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Depositing User: Sudakshini Perera
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2019 08:49
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2020 14:29

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