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    Ethical ‘mess’ in co-produced research

    Reflections from a U.K.- based case study


    Thomas-Hughes, H, 2018, ‘Ethical ‘mess’ in co-produced research: Reflections from a U.K.- based case study’. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, vol 21., pp. 231-242


    Co-producing research is complex and messy. This paper draws on Tina Cook’s argument for the systematic inclusion of ‘mess’ in research accounts as a conceptual framework through which to articulate areas of ethical mess from within a co-produced research project. Through narrating the ‘messy’ ethical complications the paper illustrates a number of specific ethical risks when coproducing research; particularly when working with young people. The paper provides valuable insight into ethical tensions that can emerge when using a co-produced methodology and will be informative for future researchers negotiating their own co-produced research projects. The paper argues for the systematic inclusion of mess in the accounting of participatory research.

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