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Proceedings 2017, 1(3), 167; doi:10.3390/IS4SI-2017-04013

Ethical Risks of Pursuing Participatory Research as an Industrial Doctoral Student

Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Hörsalsvägen 5, SE-412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden
Västra Götalandsregionen, Södra Hamngatan 37, SE-411 06 Gothenburg, Sweden
K2—The Swedish Knowledge Centre for Public Transport, Scheelevägen 2, SE-223 81 Lund, Sweden
Presented at the IS4SI 2017 Summit DIGITALISATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY, Gothenburg, Sweden, 12–16 June 2017.
Published: 9 June 2017
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In this essay, I discuss ethical risks of pursuing participatory research as an industrial doctoral student. I particularly focus on two facets. First, ethical questions that may arise as a consequence of the dual character of the work format, i.e., being both an academic student and a practitioner in the field of study. Second, ethical consideration in relation to a participatory research method in which the researcher recognises his or her role as a change agent within the system, but studies the system as a whole. I conclude that there might be several ethical risks associated with such research, of which the doctoral student should be conscious and transparent.
Keywords: research ethics; industrial doctoral student; participatory research research ethics; industrial doctoral student; participatory research
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