Policy Press

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Ethical Evidence and Policymaking

Interdisciplinary and International Research

Edited by Ron Iphofen and Dónal O’Mathúna

Published

May 1, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1447363958

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

May 1, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1447363972

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
Ethical Evidence and Policymaking

EPDF and EPUB available Open Access under CC-BY-NC-ND licence.

This important book offers practical advice for using evidence and research in policymaking. The book has two aims. Firstly, it builds a case for ethics and global values in research and knowledge exchange, and secondly, it examines specific policy areas and how evidence can guide practice.

The book covers important policy areas including the GM debate, the environment, Black Lives Matter and COVID-19. Each chapter assesses the ethical challenges, the status of evidence in explaining or describing the issue and possible solutions to the problem. The book will enable policymakers and their advisors to seek evidence for their decisions from research that has been conducted ethically and with integrity.

Ron Iphofen, FAcSS, is an independent consultant based in France with international recognition for expertise on research ethics and professional standards in research.

Dónal O’Mathúna, PhD, is Associate Professor at The Ohio State University, USA, and internationally recognized for his work on disaster bioethics, including the ethics of research in disasters and humanitarian settings.

Introduction

Part 1

The case for global values in research - establishing fundamental values in research advice ~ Margit Sutrop and Kristi Lõuk

One size fits all? The problems of offering ethical guidance to everyone: Paul Spicker

Institutional trust or trust in the scientist: the drivers & mechanisms of trust in research and innovation as a mean to improve political outcomes and support to such operations ~ Caroline Gans-Combe

Modes of influence: what can we learn from international codes of ethics for health-related research? ~ Helen Busby

Part 2

Fraud and Deception in the GM Debate ~ Alan Simpson

Ethics in Smart Information Systems (AI, robots and Big Data) ~ CNR, the Italian National Research Council

Ethics in research for resilience and societal collapse ~ Ian Roderick

Researching the Environment with Ethics and Integrity ~ Hellenic Centre for Marine Research

AI in a time of pandemics ~ Mihalis Kritikos

Conducting research in crisis situations ethically: Ethical challenges with COVID-19 ~ Dónal O’Mathúna

Science Advisors and “good evidence”: a case study ~ Gabi Lombardo

Interdisciplinary perspectives on Ethics and Integrity in Europe: acknowledge differences to foster mutual understanding ~ E. Spyrakou, P. Kavouras, V. Markakis, C.A. Charitidis, Matias Barberis Rami

Black Lives Matter: reconsidering systemic racism ~ Sally Burns

Promoting Health During a Pandemic ~ Hilde Bastiaens