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The ethics of student research on political violence: A call to action for faculty and academic programs
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4998-7964
Harvard University.
2019 (English)Other (Other academic)
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Abstract [en]

Undergraduate and master’s students are increasingly conducting their own original human subjects research on topics related to political violence and human rights—often, but not always, in the field. This work typically involves the direct collection of data from vulnerable populations, in unstable contexts and about sensitive topics. However, despite the rich literature about research ethics, the ethics of advising, enabling and encouraging this type of student research on political violence has been largely overlooked. This article aims to (1) raise awareness about the proliferation of undergraduate and master’s students engaging in human subjects research on topics related to political violence and human rights; (2) discuss the risks inherent in this enterprise that are distinct from those that most faculty and doctoral students face, including little or no training in necessary methods or research ethics, few (if any) formal mechanisms of ethical oversight, short time horizons, clustering in over-researched areas, and the unlikely prospect of publication or dissemination of research results; (3) provide concrete suggestions about how to mitigate some of those risks, including a shift away from fieldwork-based research projects. We ultimately argue that it is educators’ and academic institutions’ responsibility to require that students engage in ethical practices, including discouraging some types of research.

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2019. , p. 16
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research ethics, student ethics, ethical oversight, political violence
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Peace and Conflict Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-399693OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-399693DiVA, id: diva2:1378900
Available from: 2019-12-16 Created: 2019-12-16 Last updated: 2020-01-02Bibliographically approved

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