Ethical issues in research

R. Dowling

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    All methods in human geography raise ethical questions, and in particular, questions about ways of relating to research subjects/participants and the social role of research. While there are no agreed answers to these questions across the discipline, consistent answers are proposed within the broad methodological frameworks of quantitative, qualitative, and action research. Important ethical issues include, but are not confined to, privacy and confidentiality, consent, and power relations. Ethical issues are increasingly reviewed by a number of different peer and institutional means, and though human geographers have been critical of review by human ethics committees, greater engagement with these processes is now occurring.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational encyclopedia of human geography
    EditorsNigel Thrift, Rob Kitchin
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9780080449104
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • action research
    • confidentiality
    • critical reflexivity
    • ethical codes
    • ethical review
    • informed consent
    • power
    • research ethics

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