Ethics in Research: An Overview of Universal Ethics and the Perpetuation of Inequality in Academia


  • Brittany Wiseman MacEwan University


Ethics govern how research can be conducted, though there are limitations to how effective codes of conduct can be in ensuring that research practice is truly ethical in all situations. Though practices have improved, there are several considerations that must still be met to ensure that research is both beneficial and respectful to all involved. The historical lack of repercussions that have accompanied Western research practice has functioned to further disadvantage certain groups, such as Indigenous People, People of Color, and women, and has allowed for sexism, harassment, and discrimination to continue. This research project addresses the problems associated with “universal” research ethics, the disconnect that exists in the construction and ideological view of ethics between disciplines, and the ways that Western research practice has been shaped, including how the hierarchy present in academic institutions continues to marginalize and disadvantage certain groups of people, with particular emphasis on the perpetuation of racism and sexism.

Department: Biology

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Katie Biittner and Dr. Monica Davis






Biological Sciences