Reimagining institutional ethics procedures in research partnerships with young people across Majority/Minority World contexts.
Powell, M. A., Krishnamurthy, S., Chan, L., Tisdall, E. K. M., Rizzini, I., & Nuggehalli, R. K. (2023). Reimagining institutional ethics procedures in research partnerships with young people across Majority/Minority World contexts. Children’s Geographies, Published Online Ahead of Print, pp.1-15.
Abstract: While institutional ethics are crucial, their application on the ground often creates tensions with what is considered ‘ethical’. This paper reflects on the dissonances between formal institutional ethics and community-based research. The focus is on a project involving young people from India and Brazil, where they actively contributed as co-researchers and advisors. The project’s international collaboration encompassed partners from Majority and Minority World contexts, including universities, community organizations, and government bodies. The project, initially planned before the Covid-19 pandemic but implemented during it, necessitated adjustments to its methodology. This paper examines the role of institutional ethic procedures in light of power imbalances and tensions within three areas: (1) research co-production with young people, (2) collaborative cross-country research with partners, and (3) the relevance of ethical guidelines in diverse research contexts. We raise concerns about the top-down nature of these procedures and emphasise the significance of reflexivity, conversations, and relationships in ethical considerations. With growing research in the Majority world (funded by the Minority world), there is an urgent need to recognise and build on the expertise of experienced local civic society organisations in ethical research and safeguarding, to work in genuine, respectful partnership with those we do research with. (Abstract © Taylor & Francis, reprinted by special permission from Taylor & Francis Group, a division of Informa UK, http://www.tandf.co.uk)Publisher’s Link