Unconference–Beyond the IRB: Reimagining Ethics in Research
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Description: Due to historic harms researchers have perpetuated against vulnerable populations, a variety of ethical guidelines and principles have emerged over the years, including but not limited to the Belmont Report and the APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. These documents have served as foundations for research training, decision-making, and internal review board (IRB) compliance. However, there are critiques of these standards, namely that they lend themselves to a one-size-fits-all, legalistic approach to research ethics and do not provide guidance on when someone might prioritize one ethical principle over another. In this unconference, we invite researchers from a wide range of research backgrounds to discuss factors that may influence ethical considerations throughout the research process, including but not limited to culture, philosophical approaches to research, and geography. We hope to use these conversations to compile resources for people wanting to learn more about this topic.