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Kallane on "Surviving Challenging Fieldwork Without Losing Your Mind (and Soul)"

  • 1.  Kallane on "Surviving Challenging Fieldwork Without Losing Your Mind (and Soul)"

    Posted 12-16-2022 17:26

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    Surviving Challenging Fieldwork Without Losing Your Mind (and Soul)



    Researchers undertaking fieldwork in fragile contexts are often required to immerse themselves among people and events that can be tough to observe, interpret, and write up. The complexity of such work is likely to elicit powerful and potentially harmful emotional responses for the researcher that, if untreated or unrecognized, can leave them at risk of compassion fatigue.

    In this webinar, I draw attention to the emotional well-being of the vulnerable researcher. I focus on the ethics review process and argue that current institutional structures are generally insufficient to adequately prepare, monitor, and support researchers to confidently undertake fieldwork in fragile contexts. Using an ethics approach, I draw theoretically from scholars in other disciplines who pay critical attention to these issues and, using their analyses, I present an 'Ethics Framework for Vulnerable Researchers' that maps how interventions and strategies can be applied to the field of IHRM. My intention is to spur an honest and transparent conversation to overcome a 'culture of silence' about the personal difficulties vulnerable researchers face in coping with arduous fieldwork.


    Date & Time




    January 19 - 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST (Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco)

    January 19 - 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST (Boston, New York, Miami)

    January 20 - 12:00 – 1:00 a.m. GMT (London)

    January 20 - 1:00 - 2:00 a.m. CET (Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Zagreb)

    January 20 - 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. CST (Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei)

    January 20 - 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. AWST (Perth)

    January 20 - 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. JST (Tokyo, Kyoto)

    January 20 - 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. AEDT (Melbourne, Sydney)

    January 20 - 12:00 - 1:00 a.m. UCT

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    As an international partnership, the IHRM series welcomes speakers from all over the world and multiple time zones. This session will be recorded to share with registrants who are not able to attend the live session.



    The event is free and open to anyone who is interested, but you must register to receive the link for attending. The link will be emailed to you 24 hours before the event. Please register online with Eventbrite









    Yvonne Kallane

    Dr Yvonne Kallane (formerly McNulty) is an award-winning and highly cited expert on labour mobility. Yvonne is currently repositioning her academic research and practitioner focus to social justice to bring about meaningful and positive change for those experiencing family and domestic violence (FDV). Her focus is on high-level policy and legislative outcomes relating to the criminalisation of coercive control in Australia.

    Dr Kallane's research aligns closely with her roles as a volunteer researcher for, and Board member of the Financial Toolbox Women at Risk Trust. This not-for-profit funds and facilitates the work of Yourtoolkit.com a web-based service providing a free, step-by-step guide on personal safety, support services and money matters for women facing FDV. Dr Kallane has a long-held commitment to social justice and human rights. During the past 10 years, Yvonne has served with several groups and committees with a human rights focus, namely  AWARE Singapore, the Yellow Ribbon Project and Transient Workers Count Too.  Yvonne holds a Masters degree in Human Rights (U London, 2022) and is Associate Editor (Ethics) at The International Journal of Human Rights. 

    Before switching to a career in social justice, Dr Kallane was awarded a PhD in International Business from Monash University (2010). She also holds a Bachelor of Business (Honours) degree in International Human Resource Management from Southern Cross University (2001). Dr Kallane has lived and worked around the world, holding several academic posts in the US, Asia and Australia, including Adjunct Professor at Cabrini University Business School in Philadelphia (2003-2004); Visiting Scholar at Shanghai University (2012); Faculty Senior Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences (2017-2020); and Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University's School of Business and Law (2020). Yvonne has written over 100 academic articles, book chapters and conference papers on labour mobility for A-ranked publications including the Journal of World Business. She is lead author of Working Internationally: Expatriation, Migration and Other Global Work (Edward Elgar, 2019) and lead editor of the Research Handbook of Expatriates (Edward Elgar, 2017) and theResearch Handbook of Global Families (Edward Elgar, 2023).

    In parallel to her academic research, Dr Kallane has worked as a practitioner for over 20 years. She is the Principal Consultant at Mobilio, a specialist research agency for university students, faculty and academic researchers. Previously, Yvonne established and ran Expat Research for 19 years and consulted on workforce mobility strategy for Deloitte, EY, KPMG and other multinationals.


    This session will be moderated by Mila Lazarova, Professor of International Business at SFU Beedie School of Business, Canada.



    This event is part of an IHRM Webinar Series, organized by the Centre for Global Workforce Strategy at Simon Fraser University (Canada), the Center for International Human Resource Studies at the Pennsylvania State University (USA), Pennsylvania Western University (USA), ESCP Business School and RIT Croatia (Europe).

    Previous installments of the IHRM Webinar Series are available online at our YouTube Channel.

    Miguel R. Olivas-Lujan, Ph.D.
    Professor & former Chair, Management & Marketing dept.
    Pennsylvania Western U.; Clarion, PA USA 16214
    Senior Editor, Advanced Series in Management
    Email: molivas@pennwest.edu
    LinkedIn? https://www.linkedin.com/in/drolivaslujan/