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Disaster diaries: qualitative research at a distance

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Authors

Barford, Anna 
Osborne, Helen 
Pradhan, Kaajal 
Shrestha, Soniya 

Abstract

The common-place quantification of humanitarian disasters enables rapid, standardized crisis response. However, it is also valuable to understanding feelings and perceptions regarding individuals’ experiences, livelihood disruptions and coping mechanisms. This paper explores the potential for diary methods to capture extensive, nuanced data from marginalised groups during a disaster; drawing upon a study with 100 young diarists, who produced 1418 diary entries over 4 months. In particular, we share how diary-methods can be designed for inclusivity, including themes of equitable research partnerships, ensuring data quality, data management, analysis and budgeting.

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Keywords

Disaster research, qualitative methods, vulnerability, Nepal, Indonesia

Journal Title

International Journal of Qualitative Methods

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1609-4069
1609-4069

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Publisher

University of Alberta
Sponsorship
Asian Development Bank