Blog 3 Environmental Discourse and Diversity in Urban Setting

Over the past month of February, our research team moved from collecting new data to reassess our current data collection; particularly, we are looking at whether the process of data collection is following the guidelines of Pace Institutional Review Broad. or any materials such as interview consent forms, that we have not submitted to our online database. In order to do so, it helps us re-evaluate the relationship between the researchers and the research participants. Often, we will pick the field site and organizations, contact them for asking permission, see what we have found, and then make an argument about it. When it comes to the last step, we have to think about the accuracy of our portrayal of the discourses among the organizations and cultural groups that we interviewed. We also have to think about the soundness of the methods that we used, as well as reducing the possibility that we might harm our subjects.

Ethical issues not only concerned about the research subjects, but it also should include the researchers themselves. For example, one of my interviewees asked if I could send her a copy of the audio because she wanted to use it for her marketing podcast. In this case, it raises an interesting question about protecting the privacy of the researcher. Will the potential podcast to some extent breach my privacy? Should I worry about that possibility or just let it go entirely? Should the researchers have and use their rights to protect their safety even if it will affect the research? No matter what answers we are looking for, ethical issues around the research should not be a one-way problem.

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