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Social Science Research Ethics for a Globalizing World: Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Books: Keerty Nakray, Margaret Alston, Kerri Whittenbury)0

Posted by Admin in on October 31, 2015

“Research in the humanities and social sciences thrives on critical reflections that unfold with each research project, not only in terms of knowledge created, but in whether chosen methodologies served their purpose. Ethics forms the bulwark of any social science research methodology and it requires continuous engagement and reengagement for the greater advancement of knowledge. Each chapter in this book will draw from the empirical knowledge created through intensive fieldwork and provide an account of ethical questions faced by the contributors, placing them in the context of contemporary debates surrounding the theory and practice of ethics. The chapters have been thematically organized into five sections: Feminist Ethics: Cross-Cultural Reflections and Its Implications for Change; Researching Physical and Sexual Violence in Non-Academic Settings: A Need for Ethical Protocols; Human Agency, Reciprocity, Participation and Activism: Meanings for Social Science Research Ethics; Emotions, Conflict and Dangerous Fields: Issues of “Safety” and Reflective Research; and Social Science Education: Training in Ethics or “Ethical Training” and “Ethical Publicizing.” This inter-disciplinary volume will interest students and researchers in academic and non-academic settings in core disciplines of Anthropology, Sociology, Law, Political Science, International Relations, Geography, or inter-disciplinary degrees in Development Studies, Health Studies, Public Health Policy, Social Policy, Health Policy, Psychology, Peace and Conflict studies, and Gender Studies. The book features a foreword by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.”

Nakray, K., Alston, M., & Whittenbury, K. (2016). Social science research ethics for a globalizing world: interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives. Routledge. URL

Ethical Quandaries in Social Research (Books: Deborah Posel and Fiona C Ross 2014)0

Posted by Admin in on October 22, 2015

“The book opens up a space of frank discussion about the often unsettling, messy realities of ethical decision-making in the thick of social research. All the contributors write in the first person about personal experiences of research. They expose tensions within professional codes of ethics, as well as a range of dilemmas that arose when personal ethical convictions jostled with disciplinary and institutional ethical imperatives. The book is unique in spanning a range of research scenarios, qualitative and quantitative, across different disciplines, fields of study and institutional settings. The book will be of interest to all social researchers – in universities, NGOs and other applied milieu – working in fields of research structured by hierarchies of difference and conditions of inequality.”

Deborah Posel and Fiona C Ross (2014)(eds) Ethical Quandaries in Social Research. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
Available as a free download from the HSRC website

ESRC Framework for Research Ethics0

Posted by Admin in on June 3, 2015

In January the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) released an updated research ethics framework.

“As the principal funding agency for UK social science research, we require that the research we support is:

  • designed and conducted in accordance with recognised best practice and ethical standards
  • subject to proper professional and institutional oversight in terms of research governance

The Framework for Research Ethics was introduced in 2006. Since then we have only funded research where consideration has been given to ethical implications and in those research organisations where appropriate arrangements are in place. The Framework therefore has implications for applicants to ESRC and their research teams, research organisations and research ethics committees, for those assessing research proposals and for research participants.

Latest Edition – January 2015

The revised framework includes necessary revisions but also encourages researchers to think ethically and emphasises the importance of identifying potential ethical issues throughout the research lifecycle of a project and expresses our expectation that researchers should ensure the maximum benefit of their research whilst minimising actual or potential risk of harm to participants or others affected by the research. Our guidance also includes cases studies of ethical issues, see link below, that are intended to be useful examples of ethical challenges faced in social science research and we welcome further case studies to be submitted for our consideration.

For the next phase of the review, we intend to make the information in the Framework more accessible by introducing an ethics toolkit that is expected to be added to our website in late 2015 and is intended to make the Framework information accessible in a more usable format.”

In addition to including a PDF copy of the framework and a summary of the key changes the page provides a number of useful case studies.

Ethics CORE (National Ethics Centre)0

Posted by Admin in on June 1, 2015

Please note that membership is required to access this resource. No one from the AHRECS’ team has reviewed the Ethics CORE.

The Flinders University’s research office that the site “is an online ethics resource developed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It contains 5,400 full text articles, 45 professional society codes of ethics and other resources.”