Periodic review of the PERCEPTIONS project

On 11 January 2021, the PERCEPTIONS project has presented its progress and activities, as well as main accomplishments, to the experts assigned to evaluate the project. With a focus on the empirical research – the fieldwork with migrants and experts, as well as the analysis of traditional mass media and social media – the fruitful discussions provided input and feedback to the planned and conducted activities.

In particular, ethics concerns were addressed. These include, firstly, the challenges of conducting fieldwork during the still ongoing pandemic, and the need to adapt informed consent procedures and the overall ethical framework. Also, the project’s detailed incidental findings policy was discussed. Secondly, the consortium discussed the legal and ethical considerations that accompany any research of social media, in particular the need to ensure privacy and safety to the individuals involved.

With the experts’ detailed and helpful feedback and input, PERCEPTIONS starts into the second project period, launching its fieldwork with migrants and experts.