Global Research Ethics: A Toolkit for Practice

  • Calia, C. (Invited speaker)
  • Joseph Burke (Invited speaker)
  • Cristobal Guerra (Invited speaker)
  • Tobi Oshodi (Invited speaker)

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Global research projects are built on a shared commitment to finding solutions to intractable, large scale and complex challenges. Ethics is a fundamental feature of contemporary global research, yet how ethics is conceptualised and enacted can vary from culture to culture, institution to institution, and discipline to discipline. Furthermore, global research can include interactions between people with significant differences in power and voice. It may also involve working with individuals who are highly vulnerable due to their socioeconomic status, ethnic or gender identity, physical and mental wellbeing, or an inadequate legal and political protective environment. Global researchers must therefore be critically aware of their own practices and perspectives, as well as those of the individuals they collaborate or engage with. If global researchers are to be successful in identifying and promoting solutions to the significant challenges the world currently faces, then they must be able to develop processes that allow stakeholders to communicate around and reflect on the ethical dilemmas that arise. This consideration led to the development of an Ethics Toolkit for global research.

The Ethics Toolkit has been developed in collaboration with more than 200 global researchers from more than 30 countries and 60 different disciplines. Rather than offering ethical regulation, it offers a flexible frame of reference which promotes contextual ethical reflection and accountability within the research process and among research teams. The global research toolkit proposes two fundamental axes of reflective analysis; firstly, iterative ethical analysis throughout the ‘Research Journey’, and secondly, ethical analysis based on the ‘4Ps’ model: Place, People, Principle and Precedent. We will present how the Toolkit could be a resource for researchers working on global projects.

Period25 Jun 2021
Event titleResearch Ethics Conference
Event typeConference
LocationExeter, United KingdomShow on map


  • Global Research Ethics
  • Research Journey
  • Reflective Analysis