Navigating the challenges of fieldwork and childcare: revisiting Muddy Glee

Tanja Bastia*, Jessica Hope, Katy Jenkins, Charlotte Lemanski, Paula Meth, Nina Moeller, Glyn Williams

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This commentary emerges from our collective interest in, and reflections on, the multiple ways in which parents working within Development Geography in UK academia negotiate the complexities of combining periods of overseas fieldwork with family life. Here, we bring our varied experiences of navigating these challenges (emotional, bureaucratic, and practical) into conversation with Bracken and Mawdsley's ‘Muddy glee,’ highlighting the ways in which a recognition of academics', especially female academics', childcare responsibilities has been largely absent from discussions around conducting fieldwork, specifically development fieldwork in the global South.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
VolumeEarly View
Early online date17 Oct 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Oct 2022


  • Care
  • Childcare
  • Development geography
  • Fieldwork
  • Global South


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