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Ethical Imperialism? Exporting Research Ethics to the Global South (Books: Mark Israel | 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on March 21, 2017

The global export of principlism forms part of international flows of capital, students and academics, knowledge and ideology. Multinational research teams have looked to those countries with lower risks of litigation, low labour costs, pharmacologically ‘naive’ participants, weak ethics review and the absence of other regulatory processes. As a result, research in low- and middle-income countries has burgeoned. As developing countries struggle to keep pace, the Helsinki and UNESCO Declarations have created regulatory templates and ca pa city-building initiatives have encouraged researchers in many developing countries to follow these models. Contemporary regulation in South Africa and Brazil has shadowed developments in the global North and extended biomedical regulation to all forms of research. Opposition to principlism is not simply targeted at insensitivity in application but challenges the universal basis for principlism, and calls for a deeper understanding of how different societies, cultures, peoples and disciplines understand ethics, research and ethical research.

research ethics; principlism; ethical imperialism; global South; low- and middle-income countries; South Africa; Brazil

Israel, M. (2017). Ethical Imperialism? Exporting Research Ethics to the Global South. In R. Iphofen & M. Tolich (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics. SAGE (in press). Pre-print version here.

Human Research Ethics Co-ordinator (Social and Interdisciplinary Science) – Job vacancy CSIRO0

Posted by Admin in on March 20, 2017

  • Do you have a sound understanding and interest in human ethics research principles?
  • Are you able to provide high-level support and advice to a diverse range of research projects?
  • A rare part-time opportunity to job share in this strategic role!

The Position:
The Human Research Ethics Coordinator (SIS) provides leadership and support to CSIRO staff in their attendance to ethical research activity and assists with the ethical review and approval processes for social and interdisciplinary research within CSIRO. The HREC Co-ordinator (SIS) works closely with the Executive Manager Social Responsibility and Ethics and receives administrative support from the Ethics Administration Officer.

This part-time position (30 hours per fortnight), would ideally suit an experienced research ethics administrator or mid-career research scientist with an interest in human research ethics. The role provides an opportunity to broaden your experience, gain exposure to, and provide design input, support and advice to a diverse range of research projects in relation to human ethics.

View the position description and application process on the CSIRO web site
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Long-Sought Research Deregulation Is Upon Us. Don’t Squander the Moment – The Chronicle of Higher Education (Richard A. Shweder and Richard E. Nisbett | March 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on March 19, 2017

We can’t help but feel that the revision of the US Common Rule was a missed opportunity to reflect on how institutions should replace IRB control through review with an approach that aims at building reflective ethical practice. Given past patterns of exporting US regulatory approaches to other parts of the world, many more jurisdictions may come to regret this.

It has been a 40-year labor: Regulatory systems are not easy to undo. Nevertheless, in January the federal government opened the door for universities to deregulate vast portions of research in the social sciences, law, and the humanities. This long-sought and welcome reform of the regulations requiring administrative oversight of federally funded human-subject research on college campuses limits the scope of institutional review board, or IRB, management by exempting low-risk research with human subjects from the board’s review.
The new regulations state: “We acknowledge that guidance may be useful for interpreting some of the terms in this exemption, and that some cases will be debatable. However, we also believe that a substantial number of research activities will plainly fit this exemption, and should be allowed to proceed without IRB review.”
The exempted research activities include surveys, interviews, and other forms of free communication between researchers and human adults, aptitude testing, the observation and recording of verbal and nonverbal behavior in schools and public places (for example, courtrooms), benign behavioral interventions (including ordinary psychology experiments), secondary-data analysis, and other low-risk projects and research procedures.

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Friday afternoon’s funny – Over using abbreviations and acronyms0

Posted by Admin in on March 3, 2017

Game show participants fail to guess what GCP means

Cartoon by Don Mayne – Using abbreviations and acronyms is confusing

Cartoon by Don Mayne