HumourNovember 04, 2019

Do you have what it takes to be a researcher?

Here's a look at some of the quirks that researchers have (and have to endure). 
2019-11-04 00:00:00 India Development Review Do you have what it takes to be a researcher?
1 Min read Share

Research can sometimes be tedious, if not outright unpleasant. But the process can often be quite humorous as well.

1. Frame the question

If you’re lucky enough to frame the research questions yourself (and they aren’t handed over to you by your donor), spend an inordinate amount of time on framing every trivial and non-trivial question.

Illustration of a researcher stratching his head

2. Navigate data collection

a) Take a picture with the panchayat head. 

b) Build relationships with your respondents (drink what they offer, always).

c) Manage the patriarchy when you need to talk to anybody but the ‘man of the house.’

Illustration of a researcher in a village

Related article: Nonprofit flow chart | Should you write that research report?

3. Guard your data

Even though you know full-well that a large chunk of it will never be used. 

Illustration of a researcher hoarding his research like a dragon guarding gold

4. Present what you’ve found

Even if everybody else at the conference is busy either networking or eating snacks. 

Illustration of a researcher at a conference

5. Get your findings published in a peer reviewed, high-impact journal

If can you survive the black hole that is the review process.

Illustration of a researcher trying to get his work published

Illustrations by Subash Surendran Padmaja.

*Aditya KS and Aakansha Melkani contributed to this article. 

We want IDR to be as much yours as it is ours. Tell us what you want to read. writetous@idronline.org

Comments

We hope the conversations that take place on idronline.org will be energetic, constructive, and thought-provoking. To ensure the quality of the discussion, our moderating team will review all comments and may edit them for clarity, length, and relevance. Comments that are overly promotional, mean-spirited, or off-topic may be deleted per the moderators' judgment. All posts become the property of India Development Review.
Get smart.
Sign up for our free weekly newsletter, IDR Edit.
Follow us
Get smart. Sign up for our free weekly newsletter, IDR Edit.

IDR is India’s first independent media platform for the development community.

We publish cutting edge ideas, lessons and insights, written by and for the people working on some of India’s toughest problems. Our job is to make things simple and relevant, so you can do more of what you do, better.

IDR is produced in partnership with Ashoka University’s Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy.

Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Contact
© 2019 India Development Review    
India Development Review is published by the Forum for Knowledge and Social Impact, a not-for-profit company registered under Section 8 of the Company Act, 2013.
CIN: U93090MH2017NPL296634