Through several decades of scholarship and debate feminist scholars have developed a number of ethical principles that address the context in which research is conducted, the purpose of research, whose interests are served, and the impact of research on participants, public discourse and on policy.
Feminist research ethics draws attention to:
Feminist research ethics addresses a range of issues including:
What are some key principles of feminist research ethics?
While there is no universally applicable body of feminist research ethics, a number of key ethical principles have emerged in the course of debates amongst feminist scholars. These include:
It is foreseeable that you will encounter challenges in applying these and other principles of research ethics. These challenges highlight the inherent complexity and messiness of the research process.
Conducting research in an ethical manner requires an ability to understand the specific set of complex circumstances that apply in different research contexts and how different ethics principles are connected in that context.