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From ‘Muddy glee’ to muddy reflections on fieldwork and writing

Thornton, Sara A.; Cook, Sarah; Cole, Lydia; Hapsari, K. Anggi; Zawawi, Norliyana Zin; Page, Susan E.

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Sara A. Thornton

Sarah Cook

Lydia Cole

K. Anggi Hapsari

Norliyana Zin Zawawi

Susan E. Page


‘Muddy glee’ by Bracken and Mawdsley made an important contribution to highlighting gender discrimination in fieldwork and the heterogeneity of fieldwork experiences. In the past couple of years, the ability of many researchers to engage in fieldwork has also changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we reflect on Bracken and Mawdsley's paper and our own experiences and perspectives of fieldwork in recent years. We discuss a previous paper we co-authored (entitled ‘Pushing the limits’: experiences of women in tropical peatland research), and the benefits that these papers (e.g., ‘Muddy glee’ and ‘Pushing the limits’) may provide. We highlight the value of sharing personal experiences in science (which is often seen as an ‘objective’ space), and how writing for ourselves can be an empowering and community-building act.


Thornton, S. A., Cook, S., Cole, L., Hapsari, K. A., Zawawi, N. Z., & Page, S. E. (2022). From ‘Muddy glee’ to muddy reflections on fieldwork and writing. Area, 54(4), 525-530.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 16, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 30, 2022
Publication Date 2022-12
Deposit Date Oct 4, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 1, 2024
Journal Area
Print ISSN 0004-0894
Electronic ISSN 1475-4762
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 54
Issue 4
Pages 525-530
Keywords Geography, Planning and Development
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