In Snow Leopard Fieldwork Diaries 14, Jonny and Maurice discuss the hidden perils of conservation social science research. Seven years on and they’re still publishing journal articles from this work.
A bright idea for surveying tourists turns into a lot of extra work. Maurice and Jonny recount the sad story.
Maurice: ‘Rinzin, can you please check with him if he is happy to sell his last bottle of methylated spirits to us…’
Rinzin: ‘Yes, he is more than happy!’
Maurice: ‘Fantastic! And could you check with him that he really doesn’t need it…’
After much dialogue, headshaking and difficult facial expressions, it became clear there was, in fact, a problem.
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