Resources to support safe, responsible and ethical research in the field.
The following list of online resources, organisations and publications have been collated to support safe, responsible and ethical fieldwork. We welcome suggestions of additional materials to include.
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Oxford Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUERC)
Best practice guidance documents for use by researchers including the ethical fieldwork code of conduct and toolkit, and guidance on topics including researcher safety, ethnographic research, payments and incentives in research, and conducting research outside the UK.
UK Research and Innovation (UK)
Policies, standards and guidance to support researchers in the areas including equality, diversity and inclusion, research integrity and equitable partnerships.
UKRI Economic and Social Research Council (UK)
ESRC policies regarding the maintenance of high standards of scientific and ethical practice.
A resource for all research stakeholders who want to ensure that research is carried out ethically in lower income settings and without ‘ethics dumping’, the export of unethical practices from high income to lower income countries.
RGS-IBG Development Geographies Research Group (DevGRG) (UK)
Guidelines intended as principles to which development geographers should seek to adhere.
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (UK)
Aims to encourage ethical research, thinking on the implications and impacts of scientific work, and support communication between researchers and the public on complex and challenging issues.
Includes core principles, ethics case studies and frequently raised topics and questions.
Luis A. Vivanco
Section from from 'Field Notes: A Guided Journal for Doing Anthropology'
American Anthropological Association (USA)
Although these principles are primarily intended for AAA members, they also provide a structure for communicating ethical precepts in anthropology to students, other colleagues, and outside audiences, including sponsors, funders, and Institutional Review Boards or other review committees.
Journal of Research Practice (2014) Themed issue on ‘Giving back in field research’.
Kara, H. (2018) Research Ethics in the Real World Bristol: Policy Press.
Lunn, J. (ed.) (2014) Fieldwork in the Global South: Ethical Challenges and Dilemmas. London: Routledge.
See especially Fagerholm, N. (2014) 'Whose knowledge, whose benefit? Ethical challenges of participatory mapping. Experience from fieldwork on mapping community values on land in Zanzibar’, pp. 158-169.
Madge, C. (1997) 'The ethics of research in the Third World', in Robson, E. and Willis, K. (eds.) DARG Monograph No. 8: Postgraduate Fieldwork in Developing Areas. London: DARG.
Robinson, J. (2003) ‘Postcolonialising geography: tactics and pitfalls’, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 24, pp. 273-289, doi.org/10.1111/1467-9493.00159.
Featured image: Adrian Warren and Dae Sasitorn
Resources and key readings to support the consideration of ethical issues in location data and GIS.
Hints and tips to think about when starting a geography dissertation.
A collection of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) resources with relevance to fieldwork in HE geography.
David Matless (University of Nottingham) discusses ways of encouraging curiosity and further independent research/study in historical geography.
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