Ethical questioning of fieldwork in dangerous places: From prohibition to protection

Authors: Christina Clark-Kazak*,
Topics: Field Methods, Hazards and Vulnerability, Qualitative Research
Keywords: ethics, forced migration, fieldwork, methodology
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Galerie 6, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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University Research Ethics Boards tend to be conservative when evaluating research proposals. While they do have a duty of care to protect both the researcher and the research populations, at times they err too much on the side of caution. This presentation draws from personal experience as both a researcher and graduate supervisor, as well as the process of developing ethical considerations for research in contexts of forced migration with academic and civil society partners. I argue that clear and specific ethical norms, as well as a clear articulation of the moral imperative of accurate data from dangerous places, can facilitate ethics approval, so that REBs can protect without prohibiting all together.

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