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Qualitative Interviewing during the COVID-19 Pandemic Part 2: A Personal Reflection on Video & Telephone Interviewing

Howard, Elise

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Elise Howard describes her experiences conducting interviews with people in the Pacific region. It is hoped that these papers will be of use to those contemplating how to conduct research in the context of social distancing requirements, border closures and travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Part 1 of this In Brief series highlights, existing research methods literature raises several concerns about telephone interviewing, including the potential for misunderstandings due to...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHoward, Elise
dc.date.accessioned2022-03-18T02:38:21Z
dc.date.available2022-03-18T02:38:21Z
dc.identifier.issn2209-9557
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/262158
dc.description.abstractElise Howard describes her experiences conducting interviews with people in the Pacific region. It is hoped that these papers will be of use to those contemplating how to conduct research in the context of social distancing requirements, border closures and travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Part 1 of this In Brief series highlights, existing research methods literature raises several concerns about telephone interviewing, including the potential for misunderstandings due to a lack of contextual clues; possible problems developing rapport and discussing sensitive topics with participants; and that telephone interviews may provide less depth than face-to-face interviewing. However, advantages with distance interviewing lie where there are potential power imbalances between researchers and their participants. In this In Brief, Elise reflects on these advantages and challenges and offer some practical considerations by sharing her experiences of conducting qualitative interviews at a distance with women located in New Zealand, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Bougainville and urban and Highlands areas of Papua New Guinea. The interviews were undertaken for two different research projects relating to seasonal work and climate change that aimed to foreground women’s perspectives, as their voices are often absent from these literatures.
dc.description.sponsorshipAustralian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT: Dept. of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDepartment of Pacific Affairs In Brief series: 2022/08
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourceDepartment of Pacific Affairs In Brief series
dc.subjectResearch
dc.subjectQualitative Research
dc.subjectPacific
dc.subjectIT, telecommunication
dc.subjectGender
dc.titleQualitative Interviewing during the COVID-19 Pandemic Part 2: A Personal Reflection on Video & Telephone Interviewing
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
dc.date.issued2022-03-17
local.publisher.urlhttp://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDept. of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University
local.identifier.essn2209-9549
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2022/08
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage2
local.identifier.doi10.25911/7FQ1-5Z86
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program



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