Conversations on Ethical Practice
The book is for and about researchers and is built around a set of conversations with the author – a fellow researcher. Researchers work at the frontiers of our knowledge and understanding of the world, and frontiers can be dangerous places. How are the researchers’ personal qualities – virtues such as courage, honesty and kindness – tested and exemplified in their work? The conversations presented here explore the experience of research and ask what qualities are needed, or wished for, in order to successfully face its challenges. There are many books that include lists of what to do and what not to do when carrying out research. Here, in contrast, we find out what really happens and why – and what it takes to keep going.
Part IV Sustainable Researchers
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It is hoped that this book will show something of the lived reality of research practice. Researchers describe their work and some of the personal qualities they need. It is certainly not easy, doing research, but it can be enormously rewarding – rewarding personally, that is, as well as professionally. Sustaining a career in research takes courage, and needs the support of others – of individuals and of institutions. This is discussed by Lāsma Latsone and Lynne Gabriel. The gritty determination to sustain a research career whether or not support is available is one of the themes of the conversations with Chris Sink and Fedor Kozyrev, whilst Helen Gunter and Ginger MacDonald both talk about how a ‘life of research’ can be sustained in order to have some sense of completion and influence. ‘Sustainability’ is currently a fashionable term in higher education, with specialist journals such as the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (
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