In-situ at a distance? challenges and opportunities for health and place research methods in a post-COVID-19 world

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Health Place. 2021 May 5;69:102572. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102572. Online ahead of print.


In-situ methodologies, including go-along and photo-elicited interviews, are ideal for harnessing people’s lived experiences of place and their meanings for health and health equity. Their immersive nature means that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their use. Physical distancing measures combined to anxiety over the sharing of physical space have created ethical and practical challenges to the conduct of in-person in-situ methodologies. However, in-situ methodologies are precisely needed to gain deeper understandings of people’s changing relationships to place post-COVID-19. In this commentary we discuss emerging challenges, highlight questions researchers should ask before engaging in these methods in the future, and explore adaptations and alternatives to traditional in-person in-situ methodologies.

PMID:33964806 | DOI:10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102572