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Ethics for Graduate Researchers

A Cross-disciplinary Approach

This edited collection is intended as a primer for core concepts and principles in research ethics and as an in-depth exploration of the contextualization of these principles in practice across key disciplines. The material is nested so that readers can engage with it at different levels and depths. It is unique in that it combines an analysis of complex ethical debates about the nature of research and its governance with the best of case-based and discipline-specific approaches.

It deals with the following topics in depth: in the natural sciences, it explores the scientific integrity of the researcher and the research process, human cloning as a test case for the limits to research, and the emerging ethical issues in nanotechnology; in the health sciences, it takes up the question of consent, assent and proxies, research with vulnerable groups and the ethics of clinical trials; in the social sciences, it explores the issues that arise in qualitative research, interviews and ethnography; and in the humanities, it examines contested archaeologies and research in divided societies.


Recent graduates as well as more experienced researchers

Hardbound, 266 Pages

Published: September 2012

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-416049-1


  • 1. Recognising traditions of argumentation in philosophical ethics
      Linda Hogan and Maureen Junker-Kenny
    Section 1: Integrity in Scientific Research; Developing Ethics as a Core Competency
    2. Ethical Issues in Scientific Research: Data Selection, Collaboration, Publication.
      Alan L. Kelly
    3. The Ethical Integrity of the Researcher
      Frank Gannon
    Section 2: Research Ethics Governance in the EU; The Role of Civic Debate, The Question of Limits in Research
    4. Ethics and Law in the EU
      Dietmar Mieth
    5. Ethics as consensus management in expert cultures or through civic debate in the public sphere
      Dietmar Mieth
    6. Nanomedicine in European Ethics Regulation
      Hille Haker
    7. International Agreements on the Prohibition of Reproductive Cloning as a Test of the Limits of Research
      Sigrid Graumann
    Section 3: Contextualising Ethical Principles in Research Practice in Different Disciplines
    8. Key concepts and models of ethical agency: development of discipline-specific themes
      Maureen Junker-Kenny, Linda Hogan and Cathriona Russell Russell
    9. Informed consent, assent and proxy consent in the care of people from vulnerable groups
      Des O’Neill
    10. Non-therapeutic Medical Research on Persons Unable To Consent
      Sigrid Graumann
    11. Contested archaeologies, archaeology in politics and identity formation
      Deirdre Stritch
    12. Research Ethics in Divided Societies
      Gladys Ganiel
    13. Ethics of Oral Interviews with Children
      Elizabeth Nixon
    Section 4: Emerging Debates and Future Prospects: the Challenges of an Integrative and Collaborative Approach
    14. Ethics and Environmental Considerations in Research
      Cathriona Russell Russell
    15. Synthetic Biology: an Emerging Debate in European Ethics
      Hille Haker
    16. Lessons from Teaching Research Ethics across the disciplines
      Amy Daughton
    17. Conclusion
      Cathriona Russell Russell, Maureen Junker-Kenny and Linda Hogan


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