Dangerous Decisions: The Precarity of Real-World Research—A Provocation

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Mulligan, Deborah L.. 2021. "Dangerous Decisions: The Precarity of Real-World Research—A Provocation." Mulligan, Deborah L. and Danaher, Patrick Alan (ed.) Researchers at Risk: Precarity, Jeopardy and Uncertainty in Academia. Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 311-325
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Dangerous Decisions: The Precarity of Real-World Research—A Provocation

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleResearchers at Risk: Precarity, Jeopardy and Uncertainty in Academia
AuthorsMulligan, Deborah L.
EditorsMulligan, Deborah L. and Danaher, Patrick Alan
Page Range311-325
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Education Research Methods
Chapter Number20
Number of Pages15
Year2021
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISBN 9783030538569
9783030538576
ISSN26627345
26627353
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-53857-6_20
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-53857-6_20
Abstract

This chapter examines the concept of risky research from the perspectives of researchers. Ethics applications focus mostly on the risks to research stakeholders, and are directed at participant wellbeing and beneficial intent. However, there is a growing recognition that researchers themselves are at times confronted by ethical risks in the form of physical, mental and/or spiritual challenges. Currently, discussion of this topic is in a fledgling state. The concept of the researcher as a vulnerable agent is an important one. Owing to the relational nature of most forms of investigations, increasingly researchers are either knowingly or unknowingly placing themselves in hazardous situations. Authentic research demands rigorous commitment and an obligation to perform in the best interests of the target participants, whether human or non-human.

KeywordsAcademic freedom; Ethics; Mental health; Precarity; Researcher challenges
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