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It depends on what type of ethnographic study you're intending to do. Essentially ethnographic research is about observing the community, so whatever data you can gather is fine. It might be diaries if you're an embedded researcher, it can also be data gathered from artefacts and documents.
I'm pretty sure that the one person can't decide on the job. It wasn't the case for me even though I was the only person interviewed (presumably I was the only person who matched the person specification). I'm a bit cynical - lots of internal university politics and procedures that mean you can't be sure that this is going to happen.
I think for many PhD students (certainly at smaller institutions) establishing a network outside the university is vital! Going to a conference you'll meet other people doing similar work, so really make the most of it and give out cards if you have any.
It can take a while to find suitable and willing examiners - you say some were contacted but they declined, so you know it's not straightforward. It took me a while to get suitable examiners too. They need to be an appropriate combination of experience and expertise.
The original post did not make it at all clear that you weren't talking about your doctoral research. What you decide on subsidiary projects is entirely between you and that person really. I wouldn't advise doing projects outside the PhD unless they do not get in the way of your "day job" and will result in a good quality paper.
As for the notion you need a particular status of person on the paper to get it published, personally I think that's codswallop. It would also be very dubious ethics on the part of this academic.
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