Field Research When There Is Limited Access to the Field: Lessons from Japan
DateAugust 11, 2022
BibliographyPS:Political Science and Politics
Summary On August 11, 2022, Cambridge University Press published the August issue of PS: Political Science and Politics, which included an article co-authored by Assistant Professor Yujin Woo, a GGR Research Fellow and member of the Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of Law. The paper was co-authored by Professor Woo and 16 other doctoral students and professors with experience in conducting fieldwork in Japan. The article explores the question of how scholars can conduct field research when there is limited access to the field. It first identifies how limited and uncertain field access can affect field research and then provides recommendations to address these challenges. The authors focus on conducting field research in Japan due to their substantive expertise, but they state that the problems and solutions outlined in the article are applicable to a broad range of countries. The article’s main purpose is to contribute to the developing literature on conducting research during times of emergency and to the larger literature on best practices for field research.