Organizing and Contesting Research Ethics

The Global Position
Living reference work entry


The machinery of research ethics oversight has grown in size, disciplinary ambit, and geographical reach over the last 50 years, generating overlapping patterns of regulation, statements, and guidelines that operate at supranational, national, local, community, discipline, topic, and institutional levels. These documents generate intersections as well as leaving interstitial spaces as governments, research agencies, institutions, associations, and supranational bodies attempt to assert, extend, and sometimes deny their authority over particular practices. While commentators have noted the widening control and intensification of the gaze that has occurred, the nature of, philosophical and actuarial support for, and the effectiveness of this oversight have been contested by researchers, research institutions, and communities of participants.


Research ethics review Principlism Policy transfer Policy migration Indigenous research ethics 



This chapter draws and expands on material Israel (2015, 2019), originally published in Research Ethics and Integrity for Social Scientists: Beyond Regulatory Compliance and The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics. Any material originally from these works has been modified and reproduced with permission of SAGE Publications Ltd. It also draws on material drafted for and to be published in Gan and Israel (2019) and Israel and Fozdar (2019).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy ServicesPerthAustralia
  2. 2.Murdoch UniversityPerthAustralia
  3. 3.University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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