A global view: mapping ethical disparities, risks and opportunities in international development research collaborations

Mitchell Parker - Research Ethics and Integrity Officer, Aberystwyth University
Mahlet Zimeta - Programme Manager, Alan Turing Institute

“The moral earth, too, is round,” wrote Nietzsche in The Gay Science.  Research activity conducted in, or in partnership with collaborators in, Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) is an area that is significantly under-developed and also an area of increasing political importance to High-Income Countries (HICs).  It therefore presents a rare opportunity for researchers in HICs to undertake work that is potentially high in both academic and non-academic impact.  The combination of contrasting and mutually unfamiliar legal/ethical/political frameworks and research infrastructures, and of substantial social/economic/power asymmetries between the partners, brings significant risks in the management of research ethics and ethics review.  These include: (1) that the rights and dignity of research participants are misunderstood or otherwise not upheld; (2) that the rights and dignity of researchers are misunderstood or otherwise not upheld; and (3) that the unintended consequences of the research do more harm than good.

In this workshop, we will facilitate candid and confidential group discussions around how these risks manifest in different RMA roles.  We will also exchange anonymized or hypothetical case studies and use them to explore how RMA professionals can facilitate the development of resilient, robust, and equitable research design.

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Room Carrick 1, 2 & 3
Time 15:45 - 17:00
Date Tuesday 5th June, 2018
Theme Research Integrity & Ethics
Style Workshop
Speakers Mitchell Parker - Research Ethics and Integrity Officer, Aberystwyth University
Mahlet Zimeta - Programme Manager, Alan Turing Institute

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