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The SAFA for Researchers training is a 4-day safety and security course for researchers and academics working in complex environments or on conflict-related issues; developed by ILS in collaboration with highly respected academics in the field of conflict and contention research, notably from LSE and John Hopkins University.
The workshop bridges the gap between academia and safety and security field practitioners within the academic, humanitarian and aid sectors. SAFA for Researchers is a unique and innovative blend of academic research methodology and ethics for fieldwork in complex environments, together with practical safety and security topics. The workshop provides field researchers with the tools to analyse, plan and operate in a safer and more secure manner within volatile, complex and violence-affected research environments. The course includes a significant first aid in the field component as well as addressing psychological first aid, field resilience and researcher well-being, including trauma.
With a strong focus on practical exercises and field simulations based on common scenarios in violence-affected research environments, the workshop’s 16 participants will develop a greater understanding of these complex contexts as well as the necessary preparations and possible responses to critical incidents.
Through a 4-day residential training course developed and delivered by ILS and members of the ARCC (Academic Research on Conflict and Contention) network.
Topics covered include:
· Research Methodology, Researcher Safety and Security Profiles, Meeting and Interview Safety and Security, Ethical Constraints of work in complex environments and their effect on researcher security
· Situational Awareness, Context Analysis and Personal Security Planning and Management
· Practical Field Simulations on common scenarios in violence-affected research environments
· Practical first-aid training -Do simple well!
· Researcher well-being, Field Resilience and Psychological First Aid
At the end of this training, participants will be able to:
• Identify how research ethics and methodology affect their safety and security profile • Conduct a context analysis and a personal risk assessment • Explain their personal appetites and thresholds of risk • Describe measures that reduce personal and team vulnerability to a range of aggressive, ballistic, blast, criminal, psychological and vehicular threats • Describe actions to take in the event of an incident occurring to reduce its impact • List key measures to enhance information and data security • Identify measures to enhance researcher safety and security while planning and conducting meetings and interviews • Recognise personal stressors and how to address them • Demonstrate how to communicate effectively during a critical incident.
The training is designed for researchers and academics who are or will be carrying out quantitative or qualitative field research in complex or conflict-affected research environments.