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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Doing Ethical Research

ISBN 9780230297470
Publication Date January 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Navigating ethical issues throughout your research project can be a confusing and daunting task. But why are ethics so important anyway? Can you anticipate or prepare for ethical dilemmas before they happen? And what can you do if they arise in your research?

Doing Ethical Research offers essential advice on how to negotiate ethical considerations at each stage of your project, from the approval application to the final report write-up. In particular, the book:

- examines the fundamental importance of ethical research and assessment
- explores hot topics of consent, confidentiality and research relationships
- includes ethical dilemmas and case studies to show how ethics affect real-life research
- gives readers confidence to interpret and critically reflect upon ethical debates

Each chapter is packed with clear examples and explanations that are designed to help readers to make their own ethical decisions. It is an essential resource for all researchers, whatever their level or research background.

Hannah Farrimond is a Lecturer in Medical Sociology at the University of Exeter, UK. Her research has been conducted in the areas of health, gender and addiction.

Introduction: Why Research Ethics Matters
Thinking Critically About Ethics
Ethical Principles and Codes
Ethical Procedures, Institutions and Norms
Research Design and Ethics
Writing a Successful Ethics Application or Project
Ethical Dilemmas When Running the Project
Informed Consent
Privacy, Anonymity and Confidentiality
Assessment of Possible Harm I: Participants
Assessment of Possible Harm II: Researcher Safety
Vulnerable groups and sensitive topics
The Ethics of Research With Children and Young People
Social Justice and Cultural Sensitivity
Internet Research and Ethics
Appendix I: Standards and Guidelines.


This in an excellent text on a topic that is becoming increasingly important for students and professionals alike. It is well-researched, written in a clear and accessible style, and will be extremely useful for both novice and experienced researchers' – Patrick White, University of Leicester, UK
'Offering incredibly useful and practical guidance, this book talks through some very recognisable problems whilst giving accessible discussions of complex issues for those new to these topics. With provocative ethical dilemmas and questions posed throughout, it encourages the reader to think critically about ethics processes that are often about interpretation.' – Nathan Hughes, University of Birmingham, UK
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