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Ethics in Geography research


The Department of Geography has the responsibility to ensure that the rights and well-being of all human participants involved in teaching and research activities are protected. To this end, all studies and related research activities are subject to approval by the appropriate ethical committee.


Human participants

All research involving human participants requires ethical approval and must be approved by the University Human Ethics Committee:

  • Collecting or using of personal information where the participants may be identified
  • Placing the safety of participants or researchers at risk
  • Involving children, young persons or other vulnerable individuals
  • Involving a potential conflict between the applicant’s activities as a researcher and his or her interests as private individual
  • Involving a form of deception that might threaten a participant’s emotional or psychological well-being

Research with human participants that does not involve any of the above considerations must be approved by the Geography Departmental Ethics Committee.