chapter  3
15 Pages

Lessons from the Field

Cross-Cultural Gender Research
WithMargaret Alston, Kerri Whittenbury, Alex Haynes

This chapter discusses epistemological, methodological and ethical challenges generated by research on the gendered impacts of climate change in Bangladesh, a country that is especially vulnerable to climate events, with a largely rural population, a significant number of whom live in extreme poverty. It aims to reflect on the dilemmas for feminist researchers undertaking cross-cultural research in diverse cultural contexts and exposes for scrutiny gender and power differentials inherent in the research process. The chapter allows analyzing and detailing the factors that can confront and paralyze research teams and participants without adequate preparation and reflection. The project in Bangladesh typically reveals the complexities of the challenges associated with working in cross-cultural, cross-organizational teams on significant global issues. The chapter argues that the production of knowledge is aided by reflexivity and attending to unequal power relations. The gendered experiences are similar across cultural boundaries, differentiated by cultural context and levels of poverty and climate event.