Ethics Dumping – How not to do research in resource-poor settings

Schroeder, Doris orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-3633-2758, Chatfield, Kate orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-8109-0535, Muthuswamy, Vasantha and Kumar, Nandini K. (2021) Ethics Dumping – How not to do research in resource-poor settings. Academics Stand Against Poverty, 1 (1). pp. 32-54. ISSN 2690-3431

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Ethics dumping is a global phenomenon involving the ‘off-shoring’of research. Research that would be prohibited, severely restrictedor regarded as highly patronizing in high-income regions is instead conducted inresource-poor settings. Twenty-eight case studies of ethics dumping were examined through inductive thematic analysis to reveal predisposing factors from the perspective of researchers from high-income regions. Six categories were agreed and further illuminated: Patronizing conduct, unfair distribution of benefits and/or burdens, culturally inappropriate conduct, double standards, lack of due diligence and lack of transparency. The ultimate aim of the paper is to deepen understanding of thesehighly unethical practicesamongst academics who stand against poverty, leading to theirfurther reduction.

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