Stanley, Liz and Wise, Sue (2010) The ESRC's 2010 Framework for Research Ethics:fit for research purpose? Sociological Research Online, 15 (4). n/a. ISSN 1360-7804Full text not available from this repository.
The ESRC's (2010) Framework for Research Ethics extends the remit of its 2005 research ethics framework in three significant ways: the system is to be fully mandatory and it will no longer be possible to make the case that no out of the ordinary ethical issues arise; the Research Ethics Committees (RECs) set up under the ESRC's 2005 document have extended remit, including reviewing all research proposals accepted by the ESRC and other funding bodies; and funding will depend on the REC review, with its purview extending through a project's life. The 2010 document is reviewed in detail and the conclusion is drawn that it is not fit for purpose. Six wider issues raised by the FRE document are discussed: the consultation process by the ESRC was insufficient and the informed consent of the social science community was not obtained; the ethics creep involved will involve unnecessary bureaucratisation; the RECs will operate without expert discipline-specific knowledge using unethical generalist criteria; the overall effects long-term will be deleterious to the research base; the FRE document unacceptably ignores the professional associations and their research ethics guidelines; and the ESRC's system of the expert peer review of funding applications will be undermined.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Sociological Research Online|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Framework for Research Ethics ; ESRC ; Research Ethics ; Audit Creep|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science|
|Deposited On:||27 Jun 2012 14:20|
|Last Modified:||26 Mar 2013 17:25|
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