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The unintended consequences of risk assessment regimes: How risk adversity at European universities is affecting African studies

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posted on 03.02.2020, 13:18 by Giulia Piccolino, Sabine Franklin
Many European universities have introduced procedures for assessing risks to social researchers. These procedures are inspired by occupational and safety health standards, whose logic is driven by the suppression of uncertainty. The rise of risk assessment also fits into a broader global trend of increasingly representing marginalised areas of the world as risky and insecure. While there is a lack of evidence about the actual impact of these procedures on mitigating risks, they are posing an increasing burden on researchers in terms of time, effort, and financial resources, affecting particularly research in and about Africa. Risk assessment can also influence the choice of research methods and reinforce neocolonial patterns of knowledge production by encouraging the transfer of risk to local partners, whose views are rarely integrated in the risk assessment process. This analysis discusses the unintended impact of risk assessment and gives some suggestions for improving processes of preventing risk to social researchers

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Africa Spectrum

Volume

54

Issue

3

Pages

268 - 281

Publisher

German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

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© the Authors

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

06/12/2019

Publication date

2020-01-28

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1868-6869

eISSN

0002-0397

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Giulia Piccolino . Deposit date: 2 February 2020

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