Tackling Ethical Challenges in Community-University Participatory Research

Banks, Sarah and Duncan, Sophie and Lee, Amelia and Ochu, Erinma and Shaw, Sue and Moore, Niamh and Holmes, Claire and Holland, Tessa (2013) Tackling Ethical Challenges in Community-University Participatory Research. In: CU Expo 2013, June 12-15, 2013, Corner Brook, NL, Canada. (Submitted)

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Abstract

The workshop will share experiences of participants from different countries and research contexts, promoting learning from each other about ethical issues in research. We will consider what counts as an ethical issue; what are some of the main ethical issues and challenges that arise when community organisations and universities work together on research projects; and how we tackle these in practice. We will draw on the experiences of the workshop participants, and will also introduce a recently produced guide - Community-based Participatory Research: A Guide to Ethical Principles and Practice – along with accompanying case materials and exercises for promoting ethical awareness, reflection and action. These have been developed by the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University and published by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement in the UK (see: www.publicengagement.ac.uk/how and www.durham.ac.uk/beacon/socialjustice). . Many distinctive ethical challenges arise when communities and universities work together on research projects. It is not always clear when people are in the role of researchers and research subjects; when people’s work should be credited and when anonymity is important; who owns and has rights to the data and findings; how to navigate the institutional ethical review process; how to guard against exploitation of one party by another; how to be open about unequal power relationships; and how greater equality and mutual respect can be achieved. The workshop facilitators have been involved in developing and/or using the ethical guide and case materials, and include some of the members of two participatory research projects funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council to develop the materials. They bring a range of perspectives as community partners and academics, and insights derived from the process of studying the ethical dimensions of the process of working together on the theme of ethics in research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1847
Item ID: 1847
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > CU Expo 2013
Date: 15 June 2013
Date Type: Completion
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