"Random violence and rampant crime" : research among the 'Raskols'

Watson, Amanda H. A. (2008) "Random violence and rampant crime" : research among the 'Raskols'. In Ignite08: 2008 Creative Industries Postgraduate Research Conference, 1-3 October 2008, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. (Unpublished)


The capital city of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, has for many years ranked as the worst city in the world on the Economist Intelligence Unit's liveability rankings. Violent crime and tribal fights throughout Papua New Guinea are reported in the Australian media, along with stories about corruption. Is it little wonder then that an Australian university would have reservations about allowing a young, single, white, female student to travel to the country alone to conduct her field research?

This paper outlines the numerous concerns that have been raised by QUT regarding the author's proposed field research expeditions to Papua New Guinea. It sympathises with the university's well-intentioned concerns, while realising that these concerns could restrain the proposed research. The paper provides a considered, thoughtful response.

The paper outlines responses contained in the author's risk assessment documentation. The conference presentation will include images and will draw upon the author's experiences during three years living and working in Papua New Guinea. Information about Papua New Guinea's diverse cultures, languages, landscapes and lifestyles will be shared. The paper will suggest common sense precautions and simple strategies that could be employed in an unfamiliar setting. These approaches will inform and aid the research process. The author's intended strategies may offer some insights for any researcher intending to travel off the beaten path.

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ID Code: 15039
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: health and safety, Papua New Guinea, research planning, field research, research methods, risk management, risk assessment
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Amanda H. Watson
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2012 06:46

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