Category Archives: Research Ethics

Oct 30 2017

Ever wondered why practitioners treat researchers like a nuisance? The challenges of accessing expert knowledge, from two perspectives

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The difficulty to reach practitioners and experts is one of the main challenges faced especially by young researchers and can overshadow fieldwork experiences and attempts to produce new knowledge. While researchers might get an impression that they are ignored or … Continue reading

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Sep 19 2014

Fieldwork in a digital age: Questions of privacy and copyright

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Maximising research impact and promoting knowledge sharing require researchers to pay greater attention to the ways in which data are collected, processed and stored for systematic access at a later date. This also means that questions of privacy and copyright … Continue reading

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Jun 5 2014

Constructive engagement, estrangement and contextualisation: Conducting field research on an alternative community in South Korea

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While conducting field research on Bin-Zib, a communal living experiment in South Korea, I faced a problem of positioning myself in the community. This was mainly because I realized my own misconception of my insider status. While I had always felt I … Continue reading

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May 2 2014

How close before you burn? Questions of ethics and distance in researching crisis and unrest

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Researchers examining urban riots or unrest constantly face questions about the motivations behind and impact of their work. These questions verge on the existential, because questioning a research topic essentially interrogates researchers’ role and existence as social scientists. With reference to two … Continue reading

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Apr 10 2014

Rice wine and fieldwork in China: Some reflections on practicalities, positionality and ethical issues

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In China, social networking in both the professional and private spheres is usually achieved through group meals or banquets. Drinking is often an important element of these social events as a means of showing respect and friendship. Researchers who wish … Continue reading

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