Ethical Issues in Visual Research and the Value of Stories from the Field

  • Deborah Warr
  • Jenny Waycott
  • Marilys Guillemin
  • Susan Cox


Images offer powerful and significant means of communicating ideas. For some time now, researchers have been intrigued by the possibilities of using visual data to gain insights into personal and social worlds. This has led to expanding possibilities for visual methodologies that use images as modes of research data, as strategies for gathering data and to communicate research findings. In this introductory chapter, the authors argue that visual methods are reworking familiar ethical principles and introducing new kinds of ethical risks. They discuss ethical issues that are particularly relevant to the aims and practices of visual methods, and emphasize the value of sharing research stories and as a means of enhancing ethical reflection and accountability, and for building shared understanding that promotes ethical research practices.


Ethical Issue Research Participant Visual Research Ethical Dilemma Visual Data 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah Warr
    • 1
  • Jenny Waycott
    • 1
  • Marilys Guillemin
    • 1
  • Susan Cox
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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