How to Conduct Ethical Research With Marginalised Populations in Online Contexts


This guide offers insight into the ethical considerations for engaging in research with and about marginalised populations in online contexts. Focusing primarily on research with transgender populations online as examples of how this works, the guide includes core considerations throughout the research process, including a project’s purpose, working with data, and sharing findings. Far from dictating what must be done to guarantee ethical research in these contexts, this guide introduces key questions (and potential answers) that should be considered when engaging in such research. Ultimately, in prioritising the fundamental impetus to maximise benefit and minimise potential harm, the guide encourages ongoing critical reflexivity in each research design, implementation, and dissemination.

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