Barbara Krahé, University of Potsdam

Prof. Doris Schroeder, Centre for Professional Ethics, UCLan UK and Law School, UCLan Cyprus

Thursday, 12 September 2019 at 14:00 in the Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg

Prof. Doris Schroeder, Centre for Professional Ethics, UCLan UK and Law School, UCLan Cyprus

Ethics Dumping – How to avoid 21st century exploitation in research

Abstract

Never before has so much research been undertaken globally. The mobility of researchers is seen as a must in career trajectories today. Whilst this international outlook on research has produced many benefits for humankind, it has also led to a new phenomenon of exploitation: ethics dumping; the export of unethical practices from high-income settings to countries with less restrictive regulatory regimes.

This presentation will explain what ethics dumping is, present concrete cases and most importantly explain how it can be avoided. It will introduce the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings, which is now mandatory for EU-funding involving low- or middle-income countries. The code is based on an innovative moral framework around fairness, respect, care and honesty, which was built by a global group from all continents, importantly involving representatives of vulnerable populations (sex workers from Nairobi and indigenous peoples from the Kalahari).

Biography

Professor Doris Schroeder is Director of the Centre for Professional Ethics at UCLan UK and Professor of Moral Philosophy in the Law School at UCLan Cyprus. Previous appointments include the University of Melbourne (professorial fellow), the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and Warner Music. Over the last 10 years, Doris has led large international research projects on benefit sharing, exploitation in research, and responsible research and innovation. She is the lead author of the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings, which is a mandatory reference document for Horizon 2020. Her team’s recent efforts to reduce the export of unethical research practices to lower-income settings include a case study book, which was downloaded 50,000 times in the first year and a book on writing a global ethics code. Her team’s research has been presented in the European Parliament, at a senior UN committee, in the Vatican, and was featured on television. Doris has also co-authored a book on dignity with the former President of Iran, AH Bani-Sadr.