An Ethical Framework for Conducting Research Involving Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Conflict Settings
Protracted conflicts worldwide have driven peoples from their homes without any respite predicted in the near future. Research conducted in conflict settings is undertaken in very complex and dangerous situations coupled with the vulnerability and marginalization of refugees and IDPs, which place these populations at the risk of exploitation and other research harms. Presently, research in conflict settings lacks a robust ethical framework to guide the avoidance of exploitation and other research harms. The research ethics framework of Emanuel and colleagues serves as a valuable tool for both researchers and RECs when designing or assessing the ethics of international research studies. We intend to adopt this framework to refugees and IDPs in conflict settings, but reframe it within a rights-based approach. As such, our aim is to demonstrate the applicability of the Emanuel framework to research in conflict settings and make clear the ethical concerns that might be present when such research is conducted.
KeywordsEthical framework Refugees Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Conflict
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