Extending Our Reach? Thinking With and Beyond ‘Hidden’ and ‘Hard to Access’ Groups

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


This workshop will consider issues in accessing ‘hard to reach’ groups for the purposes of research: it will explore the framing of what, who, and where is, or becomes, ‘hard to reach’ and ‘hidden’. The extending arms of researchers, and universities, may be intrusive as well inclusive, primed and enterprising, or indifferent and under-used – as extending in quite different directions, and pulling in (un)wanted others. From questions of ethics and gatekeeping, to feeding and giving back to communities, this workshop will seek to explore what it means to extend our reach, and at a time when our Universities have increasingly international expectations of ‘going global’ and doing everything, everywhere. It will draw upon empirical examples from fieldwork on LGBTQ+ communities; work on working and middle-class women in post-industrial communities; and work on ‘estranged’ students in Higher Education.
Period29 Nov 2019
Held atUniversity of Western Sydney, Australia


  • Methods
  • Sociology
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Impact