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On the ethics of researching informal urbanism

Kamalipour, Hesam ORCID: and Peimani, Nastaran ORCID: 2023. On the ethics of researching informal urbanism. International Development Planning Review 10.3828/idpr.2023.13

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Forms of informal urbanism, ranging from informal settlement to street vending and informal transport, have become integral to how places work across different contexts and scales. In this article, we reflect on the ethics of researching forms of urban informality, with a focus on the capacities and challenges associated with exploring informal urbanism, particularly in the context of what is considered the global South. By drawing on our experiences of investigating various forms of informality in different contexts, this article engages with ethical considerations that arise when researching informal urbanism. We argue that designing, conducting and disseminating research on forms of urban informality can pose critical ethical questions for researchers who not only strive to bring about positive change but must also exercise caution to avoid causing more harm than good by exposing individuals at risk of exploitation, eviction or displacement.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISSN: 1474-6743
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 July 2023
Date of Acceptance: 21 April 2023
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2024 17:03

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