London Met Postgraduate Research Student Training sessions 2020-21
Research Ethics In The Field: Wednesday 27 January 2021
This event is run in conjunction with the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre. While all research, including PhD research, requires prior ethical approval, it is not always easy to anticipate at the outset what actual ethical dilemmas one might encounter afterwards in the research field.
Guillemin and Gillam (2004) distinguish between what they call "procedural ethics" (ethics forms and procedures) and "ethics in practice" (the actual ethical dilemmas encountered in the research field). Rather than simply adhering to hard-and-fast ethical guidelines, such ethical dilemmas may involve addressing tricky, unanticipated situations on a case-by-case basis.
In this workshop I use a critically reflexive framework (Ryan, 2015), to consider the ethical dilemmas I have encountered in the field and how I sought to address them. The session also discusses how adopting a reflexive approach can help to enhance our practical ethical skills.
Students are encouraged to read this article beforehand:
Ryan, L (2015, May). "Inside" and "outside" of what or where? Researching Migration through Multi-Positionalities. In Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research (Vol 16, No 2).