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Research Masterclass - Navigating the Grey Areas: Ethical Dilemmas in Research

Presented by Dr Duncan Money, Leiden University, Netherlands
04 APR 2023
4.00 PM - 6.00 PM

This masterclass will offer an overview of research ethics in challenging research contexts. It will be of particular interest to HDR students in the humanities and social sciences, but it also has salience for HDR students undertaking environmental, medical, and scientific research. The presentation will cover issues of research ethics and scientific integrity, their conceptualisation and everyday practice.  
The presentation will focus on ‘grey areas’ of ethical dilemmas where the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ course of action is not immediately clear by discussing real life case studies. Masterclass participants will be encouraged to share ethical challenges and dilemmas arising from their own research. Various competing values can be identified in any moral dilemma and different researchers may have different perspectives on these values. 
Masterclass participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own values and those of others and learn to identify the competing values in selected case-studies of ethical dilemmas. This may help participants to further develop their ‘moral compass’ that navigates them in these ‘grey areas’ during field research. 

Dr Duncan Money is a historian and researcher with over a decade's experience conducting research on four continents. He has taught at Leiden University, Oxford University and Stanford University's overseas campus and has delivered postgraduate training sessions at universities in Canada, the Netherlands, South Africa and the UK. He was awarded a PhD in history from Oxford University in 2016 and in 2022 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His latest book Born with a Copper Spoon: A Global History of Copper was published by UBC Press in 2022.

For more information, please contact the Graduate Research School.