KOLLEGIUM TALKS: THREE PERSPECTIVES ON RESEARCH ETHICS IN MARCH 2020

*** UPDATE: THE LAST DISCUSSION OF THE SPRING 2020 KOLLEGIUM TALKS SERIES, ON ETHICS OF IMPACT SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 26, CANNOT TAKE PLACE DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION. WE WILL UPDATE THIS PAGE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE NEW DATE. ***

Kollegium Talks  is a discussion series hosted by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS) and Think Corner at the University of Helsinki. The events are free and open to the public and take place at the Think Corner Stage (Yliopistonkatu 4).  

In the spring 2020 Kollegium Talks events, scholars of the Helsinki Collegium and the University of Helsinki reflect on ethical issues faced by researchers, when they collaborate with each other, design research projects involving live participants or consider the impact of their work on society.  

Join us at Think Corner or follow the discussions online at https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/tiedekulma/katso-ja-kuuntele

Collaboration is essential for academic work, yet there are also potential difficulties and pitfalls involved. How do researchers choose who to collaborate with? How do we ensure fairness in collaboration? How do we negotiate authorship and acknowledgements? What ethical issues may arise in the relationship between PhD supervisors and supervisees, or the principal investigator and the rest of their research group? 

Speakers:  Andreas Bieler (Professor of Political Economy at Nottingham University & Core Fellow at HCAS), Jaana Simola (Core Fellow, HCAS), Anna Usacheva (Core Fellow, HCAS) 

Moderation: Silva  Nurmio (Core Fellow, HCAS)

Venue: Think Corner Stage

Speaker Bios: 

Andreas Bieler is Professor of Political Economy in the School of Politics and International Relations at Nottingham University and Core Fellow at HCAS. He is the co-author (with Adam David Morton) of Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and co-editor (with Bruno Ciccaglione, Ingemar Lindberg and John Hilary) of Free Trade and Transnational Labour (Routledge, 2015) and (with Chun-Yi Lee) of Chinese Labour in the Global Economy (Routledge, 2017). His personal website is http://andreasbieler.net and he maintains a blog on trade unions and global restructuring at http://andreasbieler.blogspot.co.uk. 

Jaana Simola is a Core Fellow at HCAS and a researcher in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology holding a PhD in psychology. Her research concerns performance and brain dynamics during various attention tasks. She uses a wide range of methods including MEG, EEG, eye-tracking and various statistical approaches in her research. 

Anna Usacheva is a Core Fellow at HCAS and a specialist in Christian Theology holding a PhD in Classical Philology from the Moscow State University. As a Marie Curie Fellow and awardee of the Queen Ingrid of Denmark scholarship in her post-doctoral research, she has produced a monograph entitled Knowledge, Language and Intellection from Origen to Gregory Nazianzen and worked on the manuscripts of the commentators of Gregory Nazianzen in the Vatican Library. Her present study investigates a fascinating treatise On the Nature of Man, written by a certain Nemesius of Emesa. 

Silva Nurmio is a Core Fellow at HCAS and a historical linguist and typologist with a specialisation in the Celtic languages. She obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2015. Her research centres around grammatical number and she is currently conducting a project on the typology of singulatives from the point of view of morphology, semantics and cognition. Her monograph titled Grammatical number in Welsh: Diachrony and Typology was published in early 2020. 

When academics intending to conduct responsible research prepare a research proposal, they have to pose numerous ethical questions, especially if they plan to do fieldwork. When you are working with live participants, have you considered if your work is in need of ethical clearance? Have you planned ways of obtaining informed consent? Have you considered your participants’ safety? How will you store the data to ensure anonymity when required? What about ownership of the data? Are your participants entitled to ownership? Have you considered the ethics of working with Indigenous communities and how your work can impact their lives?

Speakers:  Molly Andrews (Professor of Political Psychology, East London & Jane and Aatos Erkko Professor, HCAS), Erika  Löfström  (Professor of Education, University of Helsinki),  Pirjo  Kristiina Virtanen (Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies, University of Helsinki)  

Moderation: Veronica  Walker Vadillo (Core Fellow, HCAS) 

Venue: Think Corner Stage

Speaker Bios:

Molly Andrews is Jane and Aatos Erkko Professor at HCAS (2019-2020) and Professor of Political Psychology and Co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research (https://www.uel.ac.uk/research/centre-for-narrative-research) at the University of East London. Her books include Lifetimes of Commitment: Aging, Politics, Psychology; Shaping History: Narratives of Political Change (both Cambridge University Press), and Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life (Oxford University Press). She serves on the Editorial Board of five journals which are published in four countries, and her publications have appeared in Chinese, Swedish, Spanish, Czech, and German. 

Erika Löfström is Professor of Education at the University of Helsinki. Her research areas include research ethics and integrity, academic writing and plagiarism, ethics of supervision, academic teacher development, teacher education, teacher identity, and teacher beliefs. She has taught academics extensively supporting them to develop their teaching competences (University pedagogy) in educational planning and understanding of students' learning processes. Her teaching also includes research ethics and integrity. At the moment she is teaching student teachers in the Swedish-speaking teacher education programs.

Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her current research interests include long-term analysis of environmental diversity in Amazonia, epistemological plurality, and decolonisation of the Anthropocene. She has worked in Brazilian Amazonia since 2003. Her publications include numerous monographs, edited books and articles on Amazonian cultural landscapes, Indigenous politics and leaderships, human–environment interactions, mobility, digital technologies, and youthhood. Virtanen is the author of Indigenous Youth in Brazilian Amazonia: Changing Lived Worlds (Palgrave Macmillan), and co-editor of Creating Dialogues: Indigenous Perceptions and Changing Forms of Leadership in Amazonia (Colorado University Press). Virtanen teaches ethical research in Indigenous Studies and is a member of Sámi Research Ethical Principles Working Group established in 2018. In addition to her research interests, she has co-authored various Indigenous school materials. 

Veronica Walker Vadillo is a Core Fellow at HCAS and a maritime archaeologist interested in the development of maritime cultures in inland waters. She studied history at the University of Alcala before pursuing a master's degree in maritime archaeology at UCL and a DPhil at the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology. Her current research is focused on human-environment interactions in fluvial settings. She is also interested in engaging with popular audiences and has written articles and books for National Geographic. 

Academic research  is expected to have impact on society, politics and people’s lives, and such impact can sometimes be quite wide-reaching.  What does this mean from  researchers’ point of view? How  does one  take impact into account in the research process? What if the impact  does not meet the expectations  by  the various  stakeholders  or is even contested by them? Is all impact good impact,  and how do we  even  define impact? Can research be neutral and further social causes at the same time?

Speakers: Miia Halme-Tuomisaari (Core Fellow, HCAS), Janne  Hukkinen  (Professor of Environmental Policy, University  of Helsinki), Kristina  Rolin  (Core Fellow, HCAS)  

Moderation: Karoliina Snell  (University Lecturer of Sociology, University of Helsinki)

Venue: Think Corner Stage 

Speaker Bios:  

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari is a Core Fellow at HCAS and a legal anthropologist doing research on UN human rights bureaucracies. She is also a specialist in the history of human rights. She has the title of Docent in international law at the University of Turku and in social and cultural anthropology at the Universities of Helsinki and Jyväskylä. She has a broad publication portfolio in leading international journals. In addition, she is an active commentator of ongoing societal events via popular scholarly online publications, blogs and editorials. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Anthropologists as well as the chair of Allegra Lab Hki Association. 

Janne I. Hukkinen (PhD, University of California Berkeley, 1990) is professor of environmental policy at the University of Helsinki. He studies the cognitive aspects of sustainability assessment and strategy, with empirical applications in participation, expertise and risk in environmental and technology policy. Hukkinen is a Member of The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters, Editor of the journal Ecological Economics, and Expert Counsellor on the Environment for the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland. In addition to over 90 peer-reviewed scientific articles or book chapters, he is the author of Sustainability Networks (2008) and Institutions in Environmental Management (1999), both published by Routledge. 

Kristina Rolin is a Core Fellow at HCAS, a University Lecturer in Research Ethics at the University of Tampere and a member of the TINT Centre in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. Her main research area is philosophy of science with an emphasis on research ethics, social epistemology and feminist epistemology. 

Karoliina Snell is a university lecturer in sociology at the University of Helsinki. Her research area is sociology of science and technology. During the last decade she has done research on social aspects on biobanks, genomic knowledge and health data use. She has analyzed public opinion, health and innovation policies, utilization of genome data in health care, and governance and establishment of biobanks and health data infrastructures in Finland. Karoliina is interested in how new technologies and data analysis transform health care and the relationship between the state and its citizens. 

Research Coordinator Kaisa Kaakinen, kaisa.kaakinen[at]helsinki.fi, Tel. +358 2 941 22493