chapter  19
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Conclusion: the process, practice and ethics of research


This chapter argues that research on security comes from somewhere, is produced by someone, and has potentially signifi cant impacts on others. It begins by tracing the contexts of research, highlighting issues of project design, academic convention, and political interests. To illustrate the signifi cance of these, a case study on contemporary terrorism research is provided. A second section explores different understandings of the security researcher, contrasting images of this role as a scientist, narrator, and critic. The chapter concludes by investigating signifi cant ethical issues that emerge in the conduct and presentation of research.