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Reputational risk, academic freedom and research ethics review

Hedgecoe, Adam 2016. Reputational risk, academic freedom and research ethics review. Sociology 50 (3) , pp. 486-501. 10.1177/0038038515590756

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Abstract

Drawing on scholarship around academic freedom and new public management, this article explores the way in which research ethics committees in UK universities (URECs) can come to exhibit behaviour – common in their US equivalents – that prioritises the reputational protection of their host institution over and above academic freedom and the protection of research subjects. Drawing on two case studies the article shows both how URECs can serve to restrict research that may be ‘embarrassing’ for a university and how, in high profile cases, university management come to use such committees as mechanisms for internal discipline.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0038-0385
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 5 March 2015
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2020 15:15
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/75255

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