When [inter]personal becomes transformational: [re-]examining life course-related emotions in PhD research

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This study explores the ways in which different life events I experienced between 2008 and 2013, such as my divorce and a new romance after the divorce, have affected my research as a PhD student. By examining the relationship between these events and my development as a researcher, I consider how the complexity of emotions and affect becomes a source of possibility for understanding my research participants and producing multidimensional, ethical research. Recognising the reciprocal relationship between researcher and researched subjects during the research process can, in fact, enrich researchers and create a better understanding of their own work and an understanding of the ways in which the research itself fits within their broader life goals. Copyright © 2017 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-414
Issue number4
Early online dateFeb 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017



Ng, I. (2017). When [inter]personal becomes transformational: [re-]examining life course-related emotions in PhD research. Area, 49(4), 409-414.


  • Hong Kong
  • Fieldwork
  • Life course theory
  • Walled villages
  • Positionality
  • Emotions