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The ESRC's 2010 Framework for Research Ethics:fit for research purpose?

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 1360-7804

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
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
ID Code: 55430
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 27 Jun 2012 14:20
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 17:25
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55430

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