One of the main ingredients of PhD research is experiments that provide answers to your research questions. In natural sciences this might typically involve work in a lab, while in social sciences data is often gathered through fieldwork. The “field” in fieldwork refers to a location you go where the phenomenon you are interested in occurs. This could be a peanut butter factory if you’re interested in the work ethos of Calvé, or the Caribbean, if you’re as lucky as I am. I’ve been on Saba for a month now gathering data for my research on the management of invasive alien plant species.
Jetske Vaas (1990) started her PhD in March 2015. She works on the governance of invasive plant species in the Dutch Caribbean, for which the management of goats might prove to be pivotal.