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Session and Workshop Abstracts

Session 1E (S1E) - Abstracts

Global Research Ethics: A Toolkit for Practice

Speaker(s): Joseph BURKE, Research Fellow, School of Health in Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh. Dr. Clara CALIA, School Deputy Director of Research Ethics & Integrity; Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh. Dr. Cristóbal GUERRA, Clinical Psychologist, Master in Psychology and Doctor in Psychotherapy; Associate Professor of the School of Psychology of the Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile. Dr. Tobi OSHODI, Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Lagos State University (LASU).

Keywords: Global Research Ethics; Research Journey; Reflective Analysis

Global research projects are built on a shared commitment to finding solutions to intractable, large scale and complex challenges. Ethics is a fundamental feature of contemporary global research, yet how ethics is conceptualised and enacted can vary from culture to culture, institution to institution, and discipline to discipline. Furthermore, global research can include interactions between people with significant differences in power and voice. It may also involve working with individuals who are highly vulnerable due to their socioeconomic status, ethnic or gender identity, physical and mental wellbeing, or an inadequate legal and political protective environment. Global researchers must therefore be critically aware of their own practices and perspectives, as well as those of the individuals they collaborate or engage with. If global researchers are to be successful in identifying and promoting solutions to the significant challenges the world currently faces, then they must be able to develop processes that allow stakeholders to communicate around and reflect on the ethical dilemmas that arise. This consideration led to the development of an Ethics Toolkit for global research. 

The Ethics Toolkit has been developed in collaboration with more than 200 global researchers from more than 30 countries and 60 different disciplines. Rather than offering ethical regulation, it offers a flexible frame of reference which promotes contextual ethical reflection and accountability within the research process and among research teams. The global research toolkit proposes two fundamental axes of reflective analysis; firstly, iterative ethical analysis throughout the ‘Research Journey’, and secondly, ethical analysis based on the ‘4Ps’ model: Place, People, Principle and Precedent. We will present how the Toolkit could be a resource for researchers working on global projects.

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Ethical Action in Global Research Core Team: Action AMOS (University of Edinburgh, UK); Lily ANDERSON (University of Edinburgh, UK); Prof. Lisa BODEN (University of Edinburgh, UK); Joseph BURKE (University of Edinburgh, UK); Dr. Clara CALIA (University of Edinburgh, UK); Prof. Liz GRANT (University of Edinburgh, UK); Dr. Cristóbal GUERRA (Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile); Dr. Charles MARLEY (University of Edinburgh, UK); Dr. Mark MCLEISTER (University of Edinburgh, UK); Dr. Tobi OSHODI (Lagos State University, Nigeria); Prof. Corinne REID (Victoria University, Australia); Dr. Sam STADDON (University of Edinburgh, UK); Dr. Edgardo TORO (Pontifical University Catholic of Valparaíso, Chile)


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