The Story of the Vanished Project. Challenges and Coping Strategies in International Comparative and Collaborative Research Projects

Authors

  • Romy Wöhlert Kindervereinigung Leipzig e.V.

Keywords:

International comparative research, international research collaboration, comparative research methodology, academic communication, scientific teamwork, team science, autoethnographic reflections

Abstract

The essay discusses the challenges that can occur in communication and media research projects with an international comparative and collaborative scope. The author uses her own research experience and auto-ethnographic reflections derived from an international comparative and collaborative media project to illustrate different considerations that researchers need to reflect upon in the implementation of such projects. The essay focuses not only on the “frontstage” of research projects (e.g., workplan, publications, presentations, established networks) but also sheds light on the “backstage” (Goffman), i.e., the project implementation, including conceptual, operational, interpretative, and social considerations, decisions, and procedures. It lists challenges that may arise and recommends conceptual, operational, interpretative, and social strategies that researchers may apply to confront them. The outlined experiences are not a rare phenomenon but are part of the “normal process and life cycle” of such projects. Researchers therefore should embrace them, reflect upon them, and acquire suitable coping strategies to assure a successful project implementation and knowledge production.

Author Biography

Romy Wöhlert, Kindervereinigung Leipzig e.V.

Romy Wöhlert holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bielefeld and currently works as a research project manager for the KINDERVEREINIGUNG Leipzig e.V., a partner in the BMBF-funded collaborative research project 'SO-SERVE – Social Service Engineering.' She gained experience in collaborative research and international project management through here work at the DIW German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, the University of Leipzig, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. As a lecturer, she has shared her insights in student courses and PhD workshops on international comparative communication and media research, intercultural (media) communication, and international team research at the University of Klagenfurt, the University of Leipzig, the University of Kassel, and the University of Luxembourg. Her expertise lies in team communication, inter-group relations and team dynamics, international comparative methodology, and international and intercultural communication, with a special focus on academic communication and international collaborative research teams.

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Published

2022-07-20

How to Cite

Wöhlert, R. (2022). The Story of the Vanished Project. Challenges and Coping Strategies in International Comparative and Collaborative Research Projects. Global Media Journal - German Edition, 12(1). Retrieved from https://globalmediajournal.de/index.php/gmj/article/view/230