Reflexive Research Ethics for Environmental Health and Justice: Academics and Movement Building

Community-engaged research on environmental problems has reshaped researcher–participant relationships, academic-community interaction and the role of community partners in human subjects protection and ethical oversight. The authors drawn on their own and others’ research collaborations with environmental health and social justice movement organizations to discuss the ethical concerns that emerge in community-engaged research. This paper introduces the concept of reflexive research ethics: ethical guidelines and decision-making principles that depend on continual reflexivity concerning the relationships between researchers and participants.

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Alissa Cordner

David Ciplet

Phil Brown

Rachel Morello-Frosch

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