Integrity: personal virtue, remedy for fraud, object of governance?
Govert Valkenburg (NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Sarah de Rijcke (Leiden University)
Barend van der Meulen (Rathenau Instituut)
Bart Penders (Maastricht University)
Bart Penders (Maastricht University) and Govert Valkenburg (Leiden University)
Measurement, commensuration, markets and values
Bowland North Seminar Room 7
Start time:
28 July, 2018 at 9:30 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Integrity can among other things be understood as a virtue, as a policy and governance objective, and as a remedy against fraudulent and irresponsible research. This panel invites perspectives on integrity and on the transformations the concept undergoes under social and institutional changes.

Long abstract:

Traditionally, integrity has been reckoned a virtue of the individual scientist, possibly inscribed in professional codes and discussed in the realm of professional ethics. In recent years, the notion increasingly emerges as an object for (academic) governance, a criterion for assessment and advancement, and a value in defense of scientific authority.

This shift has consequences for how accountability is attributed. Also, it may lead to novel way of mobilizing the notion in public debate and public media, as well as in more specific and contained discourses such as responsible research and innovation. In those cases, it is likely to entangle with complex constructions of truth, safety and technological efficacy. Alternatively, calls for integrity may serve the imposition of more rigid methodological frameworks, which raises the question which paradigms (e.g. from medical sciences, or social sciences and humanities) prevail. In a broader sense, novel forms of 'integrity management' may rearrange research practices. Finally, researching integrity is inherently reflexive: if the conceptualisation and construction of integrity in researched practices change, how does this protrude into what social-scientific researchers reckon their responsibility and integrity?

This panel welcomes papers discussing integrity and how it transforms under the influence of current changes in organizational, professional and societal arrangements, and how it is negotiated vis-à-vis socio-economic pressures on the research and innovation system. We invite conceptual and empirical contributions presenting novel perspectives on integrity and related values as concepts that are transformed, enacted and circulated.