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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

Mapping Africa Research Ethics Capacity (MARC)0

Posted by Admin in on August 18, 2015

“The MARC project is developing an interactive map of health research ethics review capacity and drug regulatory capacity in Africa. MARC receives financial support from EDCTP and Pfizer to achieve this aim. This ongoing project invites self-uploading of information on African Research Ethics Committees (RECs) and Drug Regulatory Authorities. This information is then integrated into an existing country-based research system mapping structure to facilitate efficiency, sustainability and linkage of ethics ‘maps’ to health research system capacity. This integration allows for ethics capacity analysis in relation to general research system development, encourages comparisons between countries inside and outside Africa, and facilitates sustainability and knowledge sharing throughout the project.”

Institutional Review Blog – News and commentary about institutional review board oversight of the humanities and social sciences0

Posted by Admin in on August 6, 2015

“This blog seeks to inform the debate over IRB review of research in the humanities and social sciences by collecting breaking news, commentary, and background information on the subject.

It is maintained by Zachary M. Schrag, Professor of History, George Mason University. His book, Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009, was published in 2010 by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Suggested citation style: Zachary M. Schrag, “Smithsonian Frees Oral History, Journalism, and Folklore,” Institutional Review Blog, 30 July 2010,

The views expressed here are my own and may not reflect those of George Mason University.”