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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.

American Anthropological Association – Research ethics resources0

Posted by Admin in on May 31, 2015

The AAA’s research ethics resources page includes:

AAA ethics blog
Draft Briefing Papers on Common Dilemmas Faced by Anthropologists Conducting Research in Field Situations
Handbook on Ethical Issues in Anthropology
Institutional Review Boards and Anthropology
AAA Statement on Ethnography and Institutional Review Boards
American Association of University Professors statement on Sexual Harassment
Committee on Ethics Statements
Ethics Code (Current review and the 2012, 2009, 1998 versions)
Teaching Ethics
Historical documents representing previous steps taken by the AAA to provide ethical guidance to its members
Other AAA groups that are currently addressing anthropological ethics
Links to other resources


Challenges and Responsibilities of Social Research in Africa: Ethical Issues (Book: Apollo Rwomire & Francis Nyamnjoh 2007)0

Posted by Admin in on May 31, 2015

BOOK: Rwomire, Apollo, & Nyamnjoh, Francis B., 1961- & Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (2007). Challenges and responsibilities of social research in Africa : ethical issues. Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

“Reviewed by SHERIDAN GRISWOLD (Originally published in Mmegi Online)

Challenges and Responsibilities of Social Research in Africa: Ethical Issues is a collection of 21 essays that should be of interest to a variety of people, including researchers and consumers of research.

Its editors are well known in Botswana. Apollo Rwomire, a Ugandan, has taught in the Department of Social Work at the University of Botswana (UB) since 1993. His recent books include Social Problems in Africa (2001) and Human Impact on Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (2003).

Francis B Nyamnjoh, a Cameroonian, is an anthropologist and sociologist who has written five works of fiction including The Disillusioned African (1995) and The Travails of Dieudonne (2008). His academic books span topics as diverse as sexuality, xenophobia, democracy, the media and Magical Interpretations, Material Realities (2001).”

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‘Place-hacker’ prosecution ‘attack on intellectual freedom’ (Times Higher Ed, David Matthews 2014)0

Posted by Admin in on May 29, 2015

Oxford academic at centre of case says ‘clearly punitive investigation’ undermined ethnographic research   

“A University of Oxford academic who was discharged after being prosecuted for his involvement with a group that explores “off-limits” parts of cities has labelled the case against him an “attack on intellectual freedom” which has cost the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds.

“Bradley Garrett accompanied the “place hackers” as they scaled London skyscrapers including The Shard and explored abandoned Tube stations as part of his PhD research.

“He was one of a group of nine people who were charged with conspiracy to commit criminal damage and faced a Crown Court case in which the prosecution brought in a Queen’s Counsel.”