Planning Research Ethics

Authored by: Huw Thomas , Francesco Lo Piccolo

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods

Print publication date:  November  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415727952
eBook ISBN: 9781315851884
Adobe ISBN: 9781317917038

10.4324/9781315851884.ch2.3

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Abstract

This chapter will discuss why researchers of all kinds – faculty, students, consultants – need to be ethically sensitive. The chapter is written against a background of what has been termed an ‘ethical turn’ in many disciplines (Loo, 2012: 10), and an increasing regulation (and bureaucratisation) of planning (and other) research conducted within universities. Although some argue that there are no ethical principles which are specific to any occupation,1 in this chapter we argue that the circumstances of planning research, at least, raise distinctive ethical issues.

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