Resources: Research Ethics Seminars

Recordings of Past Seminars

Please note that the views expressed in the videos below are those of the speakers and not necessarily of the Ethics Office. 


Research on Learning and Teaching

24th May 2021

The AIATSIS Code and Data


This is the 15th meeting of the Sensitive Data Community of Practice, co-facilitated by ARDC (Australian Research Data Commons), Australian Data Archive and AARNet. This community meets monthly to discuss issues and solutions for the management of sensitive research data.


Ethics and development studies

5 November 2020


Speaker: Dr Patrick Kilby, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Chair of Humanities & Social Sciences Delegated Ethics Review Committee

Abstract: The issue of obtaining ethics clearance for research in development studies’ interdisciplinary fields is often a cause of frustration and confusion. While this is common across many disciplines, in development studies it is often seen to be more acute, given that the research is largely overseas, and is automatically categorised by ethics committees as medium risk regardless of how seemingly benign the research might be. This session does not propose solutions to these dilemmas but rather will give guidance, based on the National Statement, to make a case as to why particular development studies research should be considered positively.


Respectful risk management: Ethics and mental health research

8 September 2020

Speaker: Dr Alyssa Morse, Centre for Mental Health Research

Abstract: The experiences and needs of participants with lived experience of mental illness are diverse, as are the studies they participate in. This raises unique challenges and ethical considerations for mental health research. There are times when mental health research warrants higher-level risk management strategies and safeguards. However, applying these unnecessarily can reinforce negative stereotypes about mental illness, and result in the unfair treatment of people who can safely participate in research. How can we realistically assess research risks? How can we apply national guidelines without compromising participants’ autonomy or reinforcing stigma? And how do we account for the new challenges presented by COVID-19 and social distancing? We will discuss strategies to think through and address these questions, applying the views of people with lived experience of mental illness and empirical evidence from the human research ethics literature.

Evaluating alternatives to in-depth face-to-face interviews

11 June 2020

Sally Davis (PhD Candidate in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies) discusses the ethical and methodological pros and cons of gathering data via online video conferencing and messaging applications, and safely maintaining social distance from research participants.

Abstract: Given the recent impacts of the Covid-19 crisis, many social science researchers are facing their own individual dilemmas in the data gathering stage of their research design, now having to maintain social distance from research participants without exposing them to discomfort or harm. This presentation is about how I’ve worked through the ethical and methodological pros and cons of gathering data via online Video conferencing and messaging applications in order to move forward with a research project that is still just as important as it was prior to Covid 19; the personal security of women in a high intensity conflict zone. 



Research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

17 September 2019

The Ethics Office and the Centre for Social Research and Methods held a seminar on research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The speakers were Professor Dennis Foley (Professor of Indigenous Entrepreneurship, University of Canberra) and Professor Michael Martin (Chair of the University Human Research Ethics Committee).

Dennis Foley (Professor of Indigenous Entrepreneurship, University of Canberra)

Part One

Due to technical issues, the first part of Professor Foley's talk is unavailable. An annotated Powerpoint Presentation (with transcript) has been provided for this section.

Part Two


Question and answer session

A transcript of questions and answers after the talks is provided below. Questions have been edited for length and clarity.

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