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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Ethical considerations when conservation research involves people
Author(s): Brittain, Stephanie
Ibbett, Harriet
de Lange, Emiel
Dorward, Leejiah
Hoyte, Simon
Marino, Agnese
Milner-Gulland, E J
Newth, Julia
Rakotonarivo, Sarobidy
Verissimo, Diogo
Lewis, Jerome
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Keywords: institutional review boards
power dynamics
social science
Issue Date: 18-Jan-2020
Date Deposited: 31-Jan-2020
Citation: Brittain S, Ibbett H, de Lange E, Dorward L, Hoyte S, Marino A, Milner-Gulland EJ, Newth J, Rakotonarivo S, Verissimo D & Lewis J (2020) Ethical considerations when conservation research involves people. Conservation Biology.
Abstract: Social science is becoming increasingly important in conservation, with more studies involving methodologies that collect data from and about people. Conservation science is a normative and applied discipline designed to support and inform management and practice. Poor research practice risks harming participants, researchers, and can leave negative legacies. Often, those at the forefront of field‐based research are early‐career researchers, many of whom enter their first research experience ill‐prepared for the ethical conundrums they may face. Here, we draw on our own experiences as early‐career researchers to illuminate how ethical challenges arise during conservation research that involves human participants. Specifically, we discuss ethical review procedures, conflicts of values, and power relations, and provide broad recommendations on how to navigate ethical challenges when they arise during research. We encourage greater engagement with ethical review processes and highlight the pressing need to develop ethical guidelines for conservation research that involves human participants.
DOI Link: 10.1111/cobi.13464
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