Ethical principles and concerns are at the heart of criminological research and can arise at the planning, implementation and reporting stages. It is vital that researchers are aware of the issues involved so that they can make informed decisions about the implications of certain choices. This cutting-edge book charts the changing topography of ethics, governance and accountability for social science research in criminology, contributes to the developing discourse on research ethics and demonstrates the importance as to why research ethics should be taken seriously. Bringing together a range of experts who consider both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. This book examines the key issues and challenges of ethical research. Topics covered include:

  • the measures in place to ensure ethical research practice for social scientists;
  • the relationship between state funding and research findings;
  • the challenge of researching sensitive areas;
  • the changing face of governance and accountability for academic criminology.

Research Ethics in Criminology is a comprehensive and accessible text that is ideal for students studying criminological research methods. Supplementary material includes key points, chapter summaries, critical thinking questions, key definitions, case examples, and recommendations for further reading. This book will provide a thorough grounding in the ethical issues faced by researchers, as well as an understanding of the role and purpose of ethics committees.

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ByMalcolm Cowburn, Loraine Gelsthorpe, Azrini Wahidin

chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part I

chapter 1|17 pages

The ethical challenges of evidence-based policy research

ByChris Fox

chapter 2|15 pages

Criminal history: uses of the past and the ethics of the archive

ByPaul Knepper

chapter 3|18 pages

Ethical challenges: doing research with children

ByEvi Girling

chapter 4|22 pages

The role of ethics in prisoner research

ByLinda Moore, Azrini Wahidin

chapter 6|18 pages

The ethics of research on social work in criminal justice

ByDavid Smith

chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part II

chapter 9|16 pages

Ethical challenges: researching war crimes

ByKirsten Campbell

chapter 10|17 pages

Methodological innovations and ethical challenges in green criminology

ByAvi Brisman, Nigel South

chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part III

chapter 11|19 pages

Ethics in criminological research: a powerful force, or a force for the powerful?

ByMark Israel, Loraine Gelsthorpe

chapter 12|16 pages

Doing the right thing: some notes on the control of research in British criminology

BySimon Winlow, Fiona Measham

chapter 13|8 pages

Critical reflections: creating, curtailing and communicating academic freedoms

ByMalcolm Cowburn, Loraine Gelsthorpe, Azrini Wahidin