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Developing a Framework for Social Science Research Ethics

~ an ESRC project at the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU), University of York and the School of Social Sciences and Law, Oxford Brookes University
'Developing a Framework'

A series of Regional Meetings providing a forum for debate and feedback, and integral to development of the Framework.

More info on dates, location etc.
NB: Regional meetings programme completed

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DOCUMENTS - draft Framework and other documents

  • 28 June 2004
    REF Project Update ~ what's happened since the regional meetings, points raised and views expressed at these meetings and in interviews with senior researchers, and more...

  • 25 May 2004
    Working Papers for Discussion
    Discussion Papers 1 - 4 (version 2) are now available.
    Please note: these are working papers for discussion only. This is the second version of each Paper, as submitted to the ESRC as part of the project's Report to the ESRC. In each case, v2 is based on v1 plus subsequent commentary from members of UK social science community and feedback from regional meetings. Please note that the Discussion Papers are the views of the authors alone. Please do not quote without authors permission. Comments on the Papers are welcome and should be sent to:
    feedback on Discussion Papers. Please make clear which Paper you are referring to in your comments.

    • Discussion Paper 1 (v2) ~ 'Crossing boundaries: social science, health and bioscience research and the process of ethics review'.

    • Discussion Paper 2 (v2) ~ 'The international dimension to research ethics: the significance of international and other non-UK frameworks for UK social science'. (pdf format - 122kb)

    • Discussion Paper 3 (v2) ~ 'Social science research ethics in developing countries and contexts'.

    • Discussion Paper 4 (v2) ~ 'Implementing the ESRC Research Ethics Framework: The Case for Research Ethics Committees'.

  • 25 March 2004
    Presentations to Regional Consultation Meetings, Feb. 2004 - Social Sciences Research Ethics Framework: Towards a National Guideline ~ for information purposes only (posted 25 March 2004).

  • 05 March 2004
    Discussion Paper 4 (version 1.0) [Note: now superseded by version 2 (see above)]

  • 30 January 2004
    Discussion Papers 1-3 (version 1) - now superseded by version 2 in each case - see links above.

  • 30 October 2003
    Background Paper ~ outlines the project and its goals, providing background to the ESRC's decision to seek to develop national guidelines for social science research ethics.

  • 30 October 2003
    Summary of 2002 Ethics Review
    ~ summary of previous Ethics Review produced by SATSU, University of York, Nov. 2002, for the ESRC on behalf of the Strategic Forum for the Social Sciences.


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