A feminist ethics of care involves an ethical belief that research should take into account the welfare, well-being and concerns of research participants and researchers. This includes taking into account the affective, or emotional impact of research on participants.
The exercise of an ethics of care also involves considering the distribution of power in the research process. This includes, relationships of power between researchers and participants, as well as relationships between researchers, for example, between student researchers and senior academics (Peake 2015, pp. 263-264).
An ethics of care considers both the collective and relational impacts of research (Bell 2014, p. 82). Practicing an ethics of care could involve: