When academics intending to conduct responsible research prepare a research proposal, they have to pose numerous ethical questions, especially if they plan to do fieldwork. When you are working with live participants, have you considered if your work is in need of ethical clearance? Have you planned ways of obtaining informed consent? Have you considered your participants’ safety? How will you store the data to ensure anonymity when required? What about ownership of the data? Are your participants entitled to ownership? Have you considered the ethics of working with Indigenous communities and how your work can impact their lives?
Speakers: Molly Andrews (Professor of Political Psychology, East London & Jane and Aatos Erkko Professor, HCAS), Erika Löfström (Professor of Education, University of Helsinki), Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen (Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies, University of Helsinki)
Moderation: Veronica Walker Vadillo (Core Fellow, HCAS)
Venue: Think Corner Stage
Molly Andrews is Jane and Aatos Erkko Professor at HCAS (2019-2020) and Professor of Political Psychology and Co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research (https://www.uel.ac.uk/research/centre-for-narrative-research) at the University of East London. Her books include Lifetimes of Commitment: Aging, Politics, Psychology; Shaping History: Narratives of Political Change (both Cambridge University Press), and Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life (Oxford University Press). She serves on the Editorial Board of five journals which are published in four countries, and her publications have appeared in Chinese, Swedish, Spanish, Czech, and German.
Erika Löfström is Professor of Education at the University of Helsinki. Her research areas include research ethics and integrity, academic writing and plagiarism, ethics of supervision, academic teacher development, teacher education, teacher identity, and teacher beliefs. She has taught academics extensively supporting them to develop their teaching competences (University pedagogy) in educational planning and understanding of students' learning processes. Her teaching also includes research ethics and integrity. At the moment she is teaching student teachers in the Swedish-speaking teacher education programs.
Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her current research interests include long-term analysis of environmental diversity in Amazonia, epistemological plurality, and decolonisation of the Anthropocene. She has worked in Brazilian Amazonia since 2003. Her publications include numerous monographs, edited books and articles on Amazonian cultural landscapes, Indigenous politics and leaderships, human–environment interactions, mobility, digital technologies, and youthhood. Virtanen is the author of Indigenous Youth in Brazilian Amazonia: Changing Lived Worlds (Palgrave Macmillan), and co-editor of Creating Dialogues: Indigenous Perceptions and Changing Forms of Leadership in Amazonia (Colorado University Press). Virtanen teaches ethical research in Indigenous Studies and is a member of Sámi Research Ethical Principles Working Group established in 2018. In addition to her research interests, she has co-authored various Indigenous school materials.
Veronica Walker Vadillo is a Core Fellow at HCAS and a maritime archaeologist interested in the development of maritime cultures in inland waters. She studied history at the University of Alcala before pursuing a master's degree in maritime archaeology at UCL and a DPhil at the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology. Her current research is focused on human-environment interactions in fluvial settings. She is also interested in engaging with popular audiences and has written articles and books for National Geographic.