Securitisation of research: fieldwork under new restrictions in Darfur and Mali

Mateja Peter, Francesco Strazzari

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Knowledge on conflict-affected areas is becoming increasingly important for scholarship and policy. This article identifies a recent change in knowledge production regarding 'zones of danger', attributing it not only to the external environment, but also to an on-going process of securitisation of research resulting from institutional and disciplinary practices. Research is increasingly framed by security concerns and is becoming a security concern in itself, although the implications are not readily acknowledged. To illustrate these developments, we draw on fieldwork in Mali and Darfur.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1531-1550
Number of pages20
JournalThird World Quarterly
Issue number7
Early online date21 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017


  • Securitisation
  • Critical security
  • Fieldwork
  • Ethics
  • Mali
  • Darfur


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