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Global Health Research in an Unequal World: Ethics Case Studies from Africa (Gemma Aellah | 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on November 23, 2017

Conducting good, ethical global health research is now more important than ever. Increased global mobility and connectivity mean that in today’s world there is no such thing as ‘local health’. How we experience the effects of disease may be shaped by our particular social and political-economic circumstances, but the sick in one part of the world and the healthy in another are connected through economics, politics, media, and imagination, as well as by the infectiousness of disease. Global health research carried out through transnational collaboration is one crucial way in which people from far-flung geographic regions relate to each other. Good global health research, and the relationships it creates, therefore, concerns us all.

This book is a collection of fictionalized case studies of everyday ethical dilemmas and challenges often encountered in the process of conducting global health research in Africa where the effects of global, political and economic inequality are particularly evident. Our aim is to create a training tool which can begin to fill the gap between research ethics guidelines and their implementation ‘on the ground’. The case studies, therefore, focus on everyday or ‘relational’ ethics: ethical actions and ideas that emerge through relations with others in context, rather than in universal principles or abstract regulations

Aellah, G; Chantler, T; Geissler, PW (2016) Global Health Research in an Unequal World: Ethics Case Studies from Africa CABI: Oxfordshire, UK. Available at:

‘World-class universities’ – The accountability gap – University World News (Paul Benneworth | October 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on November 5, 2017

It is interesting to see the ‘world-class university’ wrestling with some of the tensions that exist when they try to justify themselves on anything more than their own excellence. The original model proposed by Jamil Salmi a decade ago was valued for its ability to bring prestige to the host country through its research excellence and talent attraction rather than being valued for its wider public benefits.

An article about how rarely the socially marginalised can influence universities’ research agendas, especially in the face of corporate and government interests. We slotted this into the human research ethics category but such matters really better fits at a level above the bureaucratic domains assigned to human research ethics, research integrity, biosafety, etc.

Last week, Lin Tian, Yan Wu and Niancai Liu reflected in University World News on the potential that ‘world-class universities’ or WCUs offer to drive societal development beyond merely creating human capital. In their article, “A shift to the global common good in higher education”, they argue that world-class universities make valuable contributions to the public common good, mobilising collective, shared endeavours that benefit all participants.

Service mission

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ICV Guidelines for Muslim Community-University Research Partnerships0

Posted by Admin in on October 26, 2017


The principles and practices described here are intended to educate, inform and facilitate respectful, collaborative and beneficial research relationships between the Victorian Muslim Community and the wider university research community. It is also a statement of principles to guide these relationships towards an ideal. It is not a formal policy.

As the peak community organisation for over 200,000 Muslim Victorians, the ICV has been a ‘community-partner’ or ‘participant’ in many Muslim-focused research projects over its 42-year history…

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Anglo – American Management Model of Conflict of Interest in Scientific Activities and Its Enlightenment (Papers: Wei Yi Dong | 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on September 29, 2017

Abstract :
Conflict of interest is a hot and important issue in the world. In the scientific activities, the conflict of interest is also very prominent, has affected the truth of science and objectivity, but also the reputation of the community of scientists had a negative impact. This is the inevitable result of the infiltration of interest into science. In response to this problem, the United States, Britain and other developed countries to develop relevant policies, the establishment of the corresponding management model, has accumulated a more mature experience, it is worth learning and learn from other countries.

Key words : conflict of interest, research management, American model, British model

70-85 (in Chinese with English abstract) [J]. Science and Society, 2017, 7 (2): 70-85.
WEI Yi-dong. (2017) Management Models and their Inspirations on Conflicts of Interest in Science. Science and Society. 7(2): 70-85. DOI: 10.19524 / j.cnki.10-1009 / g3.2017.02 .070 .
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This paper poses the question of whether the US/British approaches to Conflicts of interest can be usefully applied to Chinese research or whether there are cultural and philosophical considerations that necessitate a completely different approach.
We found Google translate did a pretty good job rendering this interesting paper from Chinese to English.