Ethical Encounters in HCI: Implications for Research in Sensitive Settings

Jenny Waycott, Cosmin Munteanu, Hilary Davis, Anja Thieme, Stacy Branham, Wendy Moncur, Roisin McNaney, John Vines

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This workshop builds on the success of prior workshops that brought together HCI researchers to share stories about ethical challenges faced when conducting research in sensitive settings. There is growing recognition that reflective and empathetic approaches are needed to conduct ethical research in settings involving people who might be considered vulnerable or marginalized. At our previous workshops, researchers discussed personal experiences and described the complex challenges they have faced in research as diverse as designing information systems for families of children in palliative care to analyzing social media posts about mental health. In this follow-up workshop we aim to extend opportunities for knowledge-sharing, build on the lessons learned, and generate a range of resources to help HCI researchers manage complex ethical issues when working in sensitive settings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherACM Association for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781450346566
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2017
Event2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Denver, United States
Duration: 6 May 201711 May 2017

Publication series

NameCHI EA '17
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery


Conference2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2017
CountryUnited States


  • fieldwork
  • sensitive settings
  • ethics
  • human participants

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