Abstract: Critical inquiry into sensitive social problems requires risk-taking by researchers and research participants alike. Detailed in this chapter are insights into risks as experienced by the scholar within a study involving Aboriginal participants in remote Australia. Research is both personal and political, requiring researchers to move deftly between each realm as they negotiate their legitimacy as agents of social change through this medium. Rather than avoiding personal vulnerability, the scholar can navigate personal and professional risks positively. Arguably, through actively embracing the knot of discomfort associated with risk-taking, researchers open themselves to deeper engagement with Aboriginal participant voice and expertise, thereby discovering innovative solutions to complex problems.