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Responsible Research: Ethics and Integrity in the Anthropocene 
Andrew Ainslie (University of Reading)
Talleh Nkobou Atenchong (Royal Agricultural University)
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Edith Morley G27
Thursday 29 June, -, -, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

With funders setting out what constitutes 'responsible' research and 'research integrity', who are researchers responsible to? We welcome papers that explore 'responsible' research through theoretical/methodological innovations and empirical case-studies exploring this critical area of scholarship.

Long Abstract:

There is clear recognition within International Development that the decolonial moment, as well as the COVID pandemic and the over-arching planetary crises, have all focussed renewed attention on the uneven relationships and the power dynamics that lie at the heart of all 'development' research encounters (Tuhiwai Smith, 1999; Grasfoguel 2007; Kothari et al. 2019). These dynamics include the imperfect nature of research 'collaboration', 'participation' and 'partnerships', as well as the thorny epistemic contests over ideas and the more prosaic controversies over authorship of outputs. Evermore research funders and universities are setting out directives for what constitutes 'responsible' research and 'research integrity' (see the Hong Kong principles - Moher et al. 2020; UKRIO's 2019 'Research Integrity' initiative). Whilst concepts like 'co-production' have gained rhetorical prominence, we think more is required to move decisively beyond modes of extractive research. Hence our panel asks, 'as researchers, who exactly are we 'responsible' to? When does the research project and 'our' responsibility begin and end? What would constitute more deliberative ways to think about and share experiences regarding the technologies and practices of being responsible?' Our panel will welcome papers that explore 'responsible' research through theoretical/ methodological innovations, case-studies, and personal/auto-ethnographic reflections in this critical area of scholarship.

We also plan to have a workshop at the conference to discuss these issues by exploring a small number of practical cases. Our intention is to submit a selection of the papers for publication in an appropriate Int Dev journal.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -
Session 3 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -