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Durham University

Centre for Social Justice and Community Action

Ethics Cases

The research team involved in the ‘Tackling ethical issues’ research project also produced a set of UK-based case studies, case examples and commentaries for use by researchers and students. Examples of ethical issues arising in research projects from community archaeology, through youth peer research to permaculture are included, with exercises and commentaries from researchers in different countries.

Ethics in community-based participatory research: Case studies, case examples and commentaries

Since 2013, CSJCA has continued to collect cases from both the UK and internationally. These are particularly useful in teaching/training and in helping research partners in planning and thinking through the ethical dimensions of their projects. Case studies are about ethical issues arising in a CBPR project overall, whereas case examples are written from the perspective of an individual involved in a project.

UK case materials

International case materials

Case Study: Becoming Visible: Tackling the Urban Health Divide in Kamwempe slum, Kampala, Uganda

Activating Change Together in Nova Scotia, Canada: Learning about Ethics through Participatory Community Food Security Assessments

Case Example – Decolonizing Research through Documentary Film: Indigenous Environmental Justice and Community-Engagement in Canada – Lessons from the Field

Case Example – Speaking Truth to Power: the Complexity and Complicity of Activist Research – a Case from Canada