Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 479–489 | Cite as

Research ethics training on place-based communities and cultural groups

  • Dianne QuigleyEmail author
  • David Sonnenfeld
  • Phil Brown
  • Linda Silka
  • Linlang He
  • Qing Tian


Funded by the National Science Foundation’s Ethics Education in Science and Engineering program, the Northeast Ethics Education Partnership (NEEP) has developed and implemented expanded human subjects training for graduate student researchers and faculty engaging with individuals and groups representing place-based communities and cultural groups. This paper reports on the importance of training graduate students in a series of short courses in environmental science, environmental engineering, and related fields including environmental studies, with an emphasis on research ethics involving place-based communities, cultural competence, and community-based research. New course content, recruitment, implementation strategies, and outcomes for this training effort at the two partnering universities are provided for this initiative.


Research ethics Group protections Cultural competence Culturally appropriate research Community-based environmental research 



The Northeast Ethics Education Partnership is grateful to the National Science Foundation’s Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE), Grant Geo-1032754. For assistance with materials review/development and dissemination, NEEP thanks Thomas Amidon, Neil Ringler, Russell Briggs, Valerie Luzadis, SUNY-ESF; Ernest Wallwork, Phillip Arnold, Syracuse University; Sheila Bonde, Janet Blume, J. Timmons Roberts, Caroline Karp, Brown University; and graduate research assistants Monique Reeser, Kelly Bancroft, Chao Jiang, SUNY-ESF;Soonki Lee, Syracuse University; Deanna Talerico, Taryn Martinez, Rebecca Keane, Brianna Craft, Brown University.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dianne Quigley
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Sonnenfeld
    • 2
  • Phil Brown
    • 3
  • Linda Silka
    • 4
  • Linlang He
    • 1
  • Qing Tian
    • 1
  1. 1.Northeast Ethics Education PartnershipBrown University Center for Environmental Studies (now the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society)ProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.School of Environmental Sciences and ForestryState University of New YorkSyracuseUSA
  3. 3.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA
  4. 4.University of MaineOronoUSA

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