In an increasingly interconnected world, the understanding of "the field" as a bounded entity is being challenged by a variety of literatures. This change, which has both theoretical and methodological implications, has inspired the development of multi-sited research. Multi-sited research is the practice of undertaking fieldwork in and between multiple physical locations as part of a single study. Unlike comparative case studies, it usually has a specifically transnational focus. In this session, Lothar Smith will draw on his own experience to lead an interactive session on the implications and practicalities of multi-sited research.
Lothar Smith holds the position of assistant professor with the Human Geography department at the Institute for Management Research, Radboud University. He takes a special interest in research on the migration - development research field, and has specific expertise on transnational flows and processes between Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, he works on the position of migrants and their collective involvement in development cooperation in countries of origin. Thereby a transnational, multi-stakeholder approach is taken, in partnership also with colleagues from Italy, Philippines and Ghana.