Robert Chambers and Nicholas Loubere

Liberating Development Inquiry: Freedom, Openness and Participation in Fieldwork

In this chapter, Robert Chambers and Nicholas Loubere have a conversation in which they discuss: the nature of Robert's research; his contribution to development; shifts in the methodological mainstream; inherent tensions in development research; the limits of freedom and participation; power verses democracy; ignorance, biases and misconceptions in research; local knowledge and multiple realities; how to move from extraction to co-production; positionality, engagement and dissemination; and pluralism and emergence.  The text is based on an audio recording of an interview that took place at