Student Guidelines for Ethical Fieldwork Overseas
Supported by the Irish Forum for Global Health (IFGH) and the Development Studies Association of Ireland (DSAI)
Developed in response to the lack of clear guidelines or procedures for students across Irish third-level institutions engaging in overseas work are the recently launched "Student Guidelines for Ethical Fieldwork Overseas". The guidelines aim to fill this void by providing practical reference tool developed for students, by students, to guide the ethical conduct of overseas fieldwork - a practice that unfortunately is still very lacking in many programmes and institutions to the detriment of communities, students and universities within Ireland and abroad. Supported by the Irish Forum for Global Health (IFGH) and the Development Studies Association of Ireland (DSAI), the guidelines were lead by Brynne Gilmore, a doctoral researcher in the Centre for Global Health, Bianca van Bavel and Olivia Wilkinson with the IFGH and DSAI's postgraduate working groups, respectively. Their development consisted of a 2-year consultative process with over 80 students, and in-depth literature and document review of current practices within Ireland and abroad. The guidelines consist of four core principles and steps specific to the prior, during and post phases of overseas fieldwork. In addition, practical templates such as a Memorandum of Understanding and Risk Assessment Form are included to help facilitate students' ethical experience. For a hard-copy of the guidelines or for more information please contact email@example.com.
Authors:Brynne Gilmore, Bianca van Bavel and Olivia Wilkinson