Professor Frances Cleaver
Member of staff, Department of Geography, King's College London.
Frances started her professional life in health service management both in Britain and in Zimbabwe. She then transferred over to academia and has held positions at SOAS and the University of Bradford before joining King’s College London. She’s passionate about bringing development and social theory into community based natural resource management, especially of land and water in Eastern and Southern Africa.
In this talk I reflect on some of my experiences of doing ethnographic fieldwork in rural communities in Africa. I focus on some of the dilemmas of immersion that relate to the researchers social life and relationships and raise some of the tricky issues of overlap between personal and professional lives.