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Reflect on Individual & Collective Positionality.

What is the attitude of individual team members and the team as a whole towards the research topic and the research subjects? How do issues such as the team members’ age, gender, education and socio-economic background influence the group itself, or the project as a whole?

Who we are impacts what we are able to see, learn and understand. Our position in society thus also affects our work. In order to identify our position and the resulting impact on the project, we should start to reflect on our own perspectives early on. Plans for this reflection can be made in a “living” document that can be adapted to emerging needs, changing circumstances, and new practices.

Some examples for ongoing reflection are: personal or shared research diaries, regular meetings or informal check-ups with some sort of documentation and/or accountability structure. Different people will prefer different modes, mix-and-match might be appropriate.