Raul PACHECO-VEGA, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, FLACSO Mexico, Mexico
Methodological discussions in geography have recently been brought back to the global fore because of debates within the discipline around decolonizing knowledge, advancing equity and diversity, and expanding the suite of research methods available to geographers. Artificial divides between quantitative and qualitative methods have erected barriers for interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and intra-discipline collaborations. In this keynote talk, I will discuss the importance of mixed methods not only as a paradigmatic shift but also as a foundation for the implementation of more ethical research methods in geographical projects. I will share my philosophical approach to mixed methods using an example from a 5 year-long, inter-institutional, cross-disciplinary, multi-sited project focused on the study of water conflicts in Mexico. I outline five principles for the implementation of mixed methods not only from a pragmatic viewpoint but also from a paradigmatic one, where an ethics of care for communities under study is the backbone of sound, rigorous and robust research.
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