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British Academy

New publication: Research Ethics and Moral Dilemmas of Social Research in Post-Socialist Europe and Beyond

9 December 2014

A special section of papers has been published in Sociological Research Online that develops discussions first initiated by a series of CEELBAS workshops (2009-2011) exploring ethical challenges to fieldwork in Central and Eastern Europe.

As the workshop conveners Ulrike Ziemer (University of Winchester - former CEELBAS Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL SSEES) and Anton Popov (University of Aston - former CEELBAS network representative at the University of Warwick) explain:

"The idea behind the first workshop in September 2009 was to give scholars and postgraduate students an opportunity to exchange their fieldwork experience relating to research ethics and practice within the Central and East European regional context. During this workshop, we realised that in addition to the need for knowledge exchange about these fieldwork experiences, it is essential to critically engage with the seemingly universal notion of research ethics. In particular, we concentrated on the specific question of ethical dilemmas which researchers face as either 'insiders' or 'outsiders' to the researched communities. Thus the issue of the researcher's social positionality and reflexivity represent the core theme for discussion in the essays presented in this special section."

Read the articles via the links below to Sociological Research Online (Volume 19, Issue 4, November 2014, ISSN: 1360-7804):