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Exploring research relationships and other ethical challenges of participatory visual research in remote environments


Nash, M and Moore, R, Exploring research relationships and other ethical challenges of participatory visual research in remote environments, Journal of Sociology, 55, (3) pp. 604-623. ISSN 1440-7833 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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This critical reflection provides fellow researchers with insights into the ethical challenges of using visual methods in remote environments. We draw on Fine’s notion of ‘working the hyphens’ to explore the complexities of studying a leadership program for women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) on a ship in Antarctica. We reflect on how our researcher identities and relationships with participants shaped the research process and emergent ethical tensions. For instance, we discuss ethical issues that arose in relation to the contextual and relational aspects of the environment including psychological and physical demands of research participation in Antarctica, privacy and isolation in remote environments, and rapport. We also discuss issues related to participant-produced video diaries specifically including consent, confidentiality and participant safety. To conclude, we highlight implications for visual research in other remote settings.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ethics, women in STEMM, visual methods, video diaries, remote environment
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
UTAS Author:Moore, R (Dr Robyn Moore)
ID Code:128130
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-09-04
Last Modified:2021-09-20

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