Week 54: Ask the local expert

I’ve fully recovered from the flu and got back into a normal routine of work: wake up at 6 am, have a chat with Luca, have breakfast, and then work.

I started making hand-written field notes on 9th January, and I keep writing about everything that happened, who I have met, and what I have done. I also have another notebook to record my systematic literature search and review.


Ask the local expert

On Saturday I met up with a scholar who has helped me with my research since 2016. We had an in-depth discussion on our research topics over fish and chips (yes, we are in Japan) at a restaurant.

He gave me many suggestions and ideas to solve all of the issues with my data collection. Before meeting him on that day, I had some uncertainty about the amount of data, and I shared my worries with him and asked for solutions. He had an established network to solve my concerns and gave me help. That was like a miraculous moment for me.

I offered to do something to help him in return because I really would like to do something. We discussed some seminars he organises, and I am going to help them, which I am really excited about.

This is my advice about fieldwork. When you have concerns, ask experts or scholars, and offer something (coffee, a meal or helping with seminars).


My achievements in Week 54

  • recovered from the flu and got back to normal
  • had a very meaningful discussion with a scholar and gained support

Goals for Week 55

  • start a systematic literature search
  • edit Chapter 2