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Research Ethics for Human Geography

Research Ethics for Human Geography
A Handbook for Students

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January 2021 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Research Ethics for Human Geography is a lively and engaging introduction to key ethical issues in geographical research by leading figures in the discipline. It addresses the wide range of ethical issues involved in collecting, analysing and writing up research across the social sciences, and explores and explains the more specific ethical issues associated with different forms of geographical inquiry.

Each chapter comprises detailed summaries and definitions, real-life case studies, student check-lists and annotated recommendations for reading, making the book a valuable toolkit for students undertaking all forms of geographical research, from local and overseas fieldwork, through to dissertation research, methods-training, and further research. 

Helen F. Wilson and Jonathan Darling
Chapter 1: Introducing Ethics
Jonathan Darling and Helen F. Wilson
Chapter 2: Geography and Ethics
Part 1: Core Ethical Issues
Romola Sanyal
Chapter 3: Positionality
Chris Philo and Eric Laurier
Chapter 4: Consent
Helen F. Wilson
Chapter 5: Anonymity
Peter Hopkins
Chapter 6: Sensitive topics
Thomas Swerts
Chapter 7: Power and Empowerment
Elspeth Probyn
Chapter 8: Emotions
Jonathan Darling
Chapter 9: Expectations
Niall Cunningham
Chapter 10: Statistics and Data
Helen F. Wilson
Chapter 11: Data Management
Sara Koopman
Chapter 12: Avoiding the Weaponization of Research
Part 2: Approaches
Raksha Pande
Chapter 13: Radical Geographies
Anthony Ince and Richard White
Chapter 14: Activist Geographies
Michele Lobo, David Kelly and Helen F. Wilson
Chapter 15: Participatory Research
Renee Pualani Louis and Zoltán Grossman
Chapter 16: Indigenous Methods
Part 3: Subjects
Jonathan Darling
Chapter 17: Vulnerable Subjects
Kathryn Gillespie
Chapter 18: Animals
John Horton, Michelle Pyer, and Faith Tucker
Chapter 19: Children and Young People
Derek Alderman and Joshua Inwood
Chapter 20: Historical Geographies and Archived Subjects
Merje Kuus
Chapter 21: Powerful and Elite Subjects
Jenny Pickerill
Chapter 22: The Environment
Veronica Crossa
Chapter 23: Public Spaces
Part 4: Spaces
Geraldine Pratt
Chapter 24: Private and Domestic Spaces
Jonathan Rigg
Chapter 25: Spaces of Development
Monica Fariás and Helen F. Wilson
Chapter 26: Voluntary Spaces
Sam Kinsley
Chapter 27: Virtual Spaces and Social Media
Katie Oven, Hanna Ruszczyk, and Jonathan Rigg
Chapter 28: Spaces of Disaster
Part 5: Committment
Pat Noxolo
Chapter 29: Writing Research

This is an important and timely book that will prove an essential resource for teaching about research ethics.  It provides students with invaluable advice, information and reading as well as helpful examples of ethical practice in geographical research.

Jo Little
University of Exeter

Finally we have a book that both expertly and accessibly outlines the myriad of ethical decisions that need to be worked through when embarking on research. This excellent text will be an invaluable resource for students undertaking research.

Julian Bloomer
University of Limerick

This engaging textbook on preparing, and working through encountering challenging ethical consideration, processes and decisions to make (and live with) in human geography research will be of major interest to advanced under-graduate, masters and Doctoral students, as well as new academics. The chapters here are conceptual and systematic drawing on personal research experiences as well as case studies from the public literature, and come with recommendations for readers to consider and think through.

Richard Kotter
Northumbria University

A comprehensive, clear, accessible and useful survey of ethical issues involved in human geography research.

Yunpeng ZHANG
KU Leuven

This is an accessible and engaging text which provides a comprehensive guide to ethical considerations in human geography research. Through excellent contributions, conceptual discussion and practical research guidelines it forms an invaluable toolkit for undergraduate and postgraduate geographers.

Will Andrews
Bangor University

An easy to understand resource which is useful for postgraduate students and other people interested in research.

Fleur Bowater
University of Derby

This richly illustrated and incisive book brings together leading scholars to provide the most comprehensive and critical consideration of research ethics for human geography - and will now be the ‘go to’ text for students, teachers and researchers.   

Mark Riley
University of Liverpool

This is a book I suggest for guiding students as they start their research fieldwork.
It is very helpful for postgrad and PhD students working on their research fieldwork and thesis.

Dr Chiara Rabbiosi
Department of Historical Sciences, University of Padova
February 9, 2021

This is a great book which is useful not only for undergraduates but also for postgraduates as they navigate research ethics.

Dr Sara McDowell
School of Geography & Environmental Sciences, Ulster University
March 8, 2022

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