Codes of research ethics: what are they useful for; and what are their limitations?

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Abstract

This paper considers the usefulness, and limitations, of codes of research ethics for the planning researcher.Formal ethical approval of planning research, and explicit agreement to adhere to specified codes of ethics, isrequired for research by planning academics in more and more countries. What might those promoting theseprocesses be hoping to achieve, and how do they think the codes will help? There has been discussion of codesof professional ethics in planning for some decades (Hendler,1990; Taylor,1992), and the paper considerswhether these contain arguments which could also justify codes of research ethics. The fact that planningresearch is undertaken both outside and inside universities, and typically aims to inform planning, or at leastinform debates on planning (ie it is often action-oriented) makes professional codes more pertinent a startingpoint than they might be in, say, history or philosophy. The paper argues that the significance of, and hopespinned upon, codes of ethics, whether professional or related to research, will depend upon how oneunderstands moral behaviour, moral deliberation, and – crucially – the relationship of scholarly inquiry tomoral frameworks. Analyzing the specific issue of codes of research ethics, the paper will consider the politicalimplications of planning research in the face of several actors in the field, including the researcher him/herself(with his/her political ideas and values) on one side, and on the other side institutions which - in our research.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteAESOP 2012 E-book. 26th Annual Congress
Pagine5321-5331
Numero di pagine11
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2012

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    Lo Piccolo, F. (2012). Codes of research ethics: what are they useful for; and what are their limitations? In AESOP 2012 E-book. 26th Annual Congress (pagg. 5321-5331)