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All inclusive: lustrum UG, 5-15 June 2019

Science programme Conference: “Growing together: Celebrating diversity and fostering inclusion”

Geetha Reddy

Geetha Reddy
Geetha Reddy

To effectively use an intersectional lens in our research, we need to start from a place of reflection- that is we need to embark on a journey of reflexivity.

As researchers we spend significant time discussing and deciding what methdology we should use in our studies. We thumb article after article choosing the best measures, the most relevant analysis methods and argue how appropriate these methods are to argue our case or to support our hypothesis. Yet we often do not spend as much time thinking about the role that we play in crafting our research and our output.

This session will be dedicated to unpacking the role that the researcher plays in conducting research and invites the researcher to reflexively engage with the decisions that they are making in their research.

I posit that reflexivity is core to a good research praxis and present guiding questions for us to think through our positionality when conducting research, especially when studying issues related to social inclusion.

I talk about reflexivity applied to many aspects of the research journey- from the choice of methods to dissemination of research findings.

I draw examples of my own reflexive journey as a researcher and highlight points that necessitate the attention of the astute researcher in their research process.

Geetha Reddy (she/her) is a social psychologist based at the University of Groningen.

In her current position as Assistant Professor of Transdisciplinarity and Sustainable Cooperation, she focuses on developing transdisciplinary research and teaching methods within the social sciences. She completed her PhD in 2018 in Psychology at the department of Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

Her research takes an intersectional perspective on identities, racism, migration, and multiculturalism, highlighting power structures and systems that influence the psychology of the individual as they traverse multiple social worlds.

Geetha draws from different schools of thought and different methodologies in seeking to understand the complex societal challenges of today.

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