Qualitative Researcher Vulnerability provides conceptual, experiential, and practical insights into the vulnerability of the qualitative researcher. Compared to participants’ vulnerability, researcher vulnerability has seen limited attention in the qualitative research process, but yet it is an important consideration.

Drawing on an interdisciplinary group of authors—across criminology, education, feminisms, geography, health, kinesiology, nursing, management and organisation, policy, political science, psychology, sociology, and qualitative inquiry writ broad—the book explores the ways in which we might understand and work with researcher vulnerability, most notably in relation to ethics, risk, empathy, emotion, and power. Ultimately, the authors suggest researcher vulnerability is a vital component of our research practices throughout the research process, for emerging as well as experienced researchers. Whilst researcher vulnerability can be something to protect against, it is also something to be aware of, explore, learn from, work with, and at times (and with care and consideration) embrace.

This book is suitable for undergraduate, post graduate students, and emerging and established researchers who are utilising qualitative research. It will be especially useful for researchers examining (potentially) sensitive topics, or for those who wish to develop more responsive, responsible, ethical, or reciprocal approaches to qualitative practices.

Introduction: The Relevance and Importance of Researcher Vulnerability  1. Vulnerability, the Pursuit of Knowledge, and the Humanity of Doing Research;  Section I: Strategies for Negotiating Researcher Vulnerability  2. Research Journaling to Deal with Vulnerabilities in Research  3. Qualitative Analysis in Online Research: Protecting Against Researcher Vulnerabilities  4. Supporting Emotionally Demanding Research: Developing Guidance for a University Research Centre  5. Addressing Researcher Vulnerability with the Trauma and Resilience Informed Research Principles & Practices Framework;  Section II: Experiences of Researcher Vulnerability  6. Sticking Your Head Above the Parapet: On the Importance of Researcher Resilience in Auto/biographical Writing  7. Affecting Accounts: Autobiographical Memoirs and the Vulnerable Researcher  8. Researcher, Fighter, Cunt: Vulnerability and Violence in the MMA Field  9. Ethnographic Vulnerabilities: Power, Politics, and Possibility;  Section III: Embracing Researcher Vulnerability  10. Femme Praxis: Using Femme Theory to Foster Vulnerability within Research Design and Institutions  11. Framing Transdisciplinary Research as an Assemblage: A Case Study from a Mental Health Setting  12. ‘Please Explain to Me How I’m Vulnerable’: Learning How to Rework Experiences of Researcher Vulnerability by Listening Carefully to Care-experienced Young People