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Should we pay research participants? feminist political economy for ethical practices in precarious times

Warnock, Rosalie; Taylor, Faith MacNeil; Horton, Amy; (2022) Should we pay research participants? feminist political economy for ethical practices in precarious times. Area 10.1111/area.12790. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Questions of paying research participants have taken on a new urgency as contemporary geographies of precarity, inequality and austerity affect both potential participants and, to varying extents, early-career researchers, while universities place greater emphasis on public engagement and research impact. Here, we offer reflections and recommendations that come from our experiences as PhD students in London, as precarious researchers researching precarious lives. We make a case for paying participants based on ethics of care and readings of precarity informed by feminist political economy. We discuss how and how much to pay. We recommend changes to institutional norms that have treated payments with suspicion, to research design and funding, and to ethical approval procedures and publishing practices.

Type: Article
Title: Should we pay research participants? feminist political economy for ethical practices in precarious times
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/area.12790
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12790
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Authors. Area published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10144927
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