Enhancing Ethical Practice to Improve Partnerships in Natural Resources Research

Aug. 5, 2021
Researchers looking at a water collection unit in the desert.

New SW CASC-funded research outlines an expanded framework for enhancing ethical practice in research partnerships in transdisciplinary natural resources research. The authors, including SW CASC principal investigator Alison Meadow (University of Arizona), describe four principles (appropriate representation, self-determination, reciprocity, and deference) and two cross-cutting themes (applications to humans and non-human actors, and acquiring appropriate research skills) as a part of this framework. The authors aim to advance the conversation about ethical partnership, and hope that this discussion “inspires researchers to commit to the hard work of expanding and using their skillsets, resulting in more ethical and successful partnerships, knowledge generation, and natural resource management practice.”