Lessons from the field: cross-cultural gender research

Margaret Alston, Kerri Whittenbury, Alex Haynes

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review


This chapter discusses epistemological, methodological and ethical challenges generated by research on the gendered impacts of climate change in Bangladesh, a country that is especially vulnerable to climate events, with a largely rural population, a significant number of whom live in extreme poverty. It aims to reflect on the dilemmas for feminist researchers undertaking cross-cultural research in diverse cultural contexts and exposes for scrutiny gender and power differentials inherent in the research process. The chapter allows analyzing and detailing the factors that can confront and paralyze research teams and participants without adequate preparation and reflection. The project in Bangladesh typically reveals the complexities of the challenges associated with working in cross-cultural, cross-organizational teams on significant global issues. The chapter argues that the production of knowledge is aided by reflexivity and attending to unequal power relations. The gendered experiences are similar across cultural boundaries, differentiated by cultural context and levels of poverty and climate event.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Science Research Ethics for a Globalizing World: Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
EditorsKeerty Nakray, Margaret Alston, Kerri Whittenbury
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781134748181
ISBN (Print)9780415716222
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Cite this