Ethics

A number of aspects of our study require special attention to ethics.

The context of vulnerable communities in post-conflict societies, and the relationship between these communities and the police, is one such aspect.

 

Another aspect, linked to this first but also independent of it, is about the rights of informants to privacy, dignity, and confidentiality. Our informants should give their expressed and informed consent to participation, meaning that they need to understand our study, its risks and benefits.

A third aspect requiring attention to ethics regards the security of researchers and of informants. Fieldwork is conducted in conflict-ridden, volatile and unstable areas.

To meet these and other ethical challenges in a systematic and coherent manner, the project has set up a comprehensive system for assessing and handling them.

  • The General Assembly – the project consortium’s highest governance body – has agreed a set of ethical guidelines
  • The project has an Independent Ethics Monitoring Board which annually conducts ethics reviews, and which can be asked for advice by anyone at any given time.
  • The project has in addition an internal Ethics Committee, consisting of members of the project consortium.

Here you can find the project’s ethical guidelines:

 

The Independent Ethics Monitoring Board consists of professor Dr. Martina Comes, University of Agder, and Dr. Elisabeth Staksrud, Associate Professor, University of Oslo.

The Internal Ethics Committee comprises professor John Andrew McNeish, Dr. Kari M. Osland, Mr. Jay Chaudhauri, and Mr. Jaishankar Ganapathy