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This study is being conducted by Dr Lisa Wynn, a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia (tel. +61 2 9850 8095, e-mail: lisa.wynn@mq.edu.au).

I am trying to understand ethnographers’ subjective experience of ethics oversight – their memories of when and how they first became aware of ethics oversight, what they think and feel about it, whether and how they comply with it, and whether they think it makes ethnographic research more ethical or not.

(By “ethnographer” I mean any discipline that uses ethnographic research methods, including, but not limited to, anthropology, sociology, political science, history, geography, linguistics, Indigenous studies and area studies.)

I hope to compare the attitudes of researchers who spent most of their careers not seeking ethics clearance, a younger generation for whom it has always been standard, and those who started their research under one regime and now live under another.

The free-answer questions about your memories, emotions, and embodied experiences of ethics oversight are particularly of interest to me. I’m one of those researchers who has lived through two eras: when I first went to conduct my dissertation research, it wasn’t the practice for anthropologists in my department to seek ethics approval from the university’s Institutional Review Board. But by the time I came back from the field, graduate students were getting IRB approval before starting research. For a long time, I felt furtive, like I had somehow failed to do something that I was supposed to do, and wondered whether I would ever be accused of unethical research practice (even though I didn’t think I had been unethical in my research). I didn’t understand that it was a changing era.

Now that I have a bit more perspective, I’m interested in knowing more about other researchers’ experiences of this changing regulatory regime. Your candid responses to the below questions would be greatly appreciated. The survey will take between 15-30 minutes, depending on how detailed your responses are.

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