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Progressing towards safe, inclusive and equitable field research

The field remains an unsafe and isolating workplace for many. We present resources to empower and guide researchers towards safer, more inclusive, and more equitable fieldwork practice.

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Fig. 1: Research fieldwork brings with it unique challenges.

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This research received ethical approval from the Business, Environment and Social Sciences Faculty Research Ethics Committee at the University of Leeds. The project was funded by Research England’s Enhancing Research Culture Fund from the University of Leeds. S. Wimpenny was supported by the Royal Society under URF\R1\180088 and RF\ERE\210041. S. Wimpenny and S. Watson were supported through COMET, which is the NERC Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics, a partnership between UK Universities and the British Geological Survey.

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Wimpenny, S., Watson, S., Brown, H. et al. Progressing towards safe, inclusive and equitable field research. Nat. Geosci. 17, 482–484 (2024).

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