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The Ethical Challenges of Conducting Research in Transitional Contexts

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Angela MazzettiORCiD


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In this case study, I explore the context specific ethical challenges related to researching in transitional settings. I employ the term ‘contextual ethics’ which I define as the additional ethical issues that need to be considered when researching in certain contexts. These include: the need for the researcher to familiarize themselves with the geographical and political context of the research setting; restricting the scope of participants; engaging in appropriate participant sampling and recruitment strategies; evaluating the use of recording equipment and the use of video and photographic data; and employing appropriate anonymization strategies. Although the focus of this case study is post-conflict Northern Ireland, I posit that the ethical insights are pertinent to researchers planning postgraduate research in other post-conflict settings in addition to those undertaking research related to wider transitional social settings and organizational settings.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mazzetti AS

Publication type: Online Publication

Publication status: Published

Series Title: SAGE Research Methods Cases

Year: 2024

Access Year: 2024

Acceptance date: 21/08/2023

ISBN: 9781529683608

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.

Place Published: London

Access Date: 6 March


DOI: 10.4135/9781529683608