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Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Ethical Guidelines

The Institute CADS adheres to and teaches an approach to research ethics and integrity that emphasizes the processual nature of informed consent, situational ethics, and the indispensability of continually updating the ethical tradition in international anthropology in all the work of its researchers and students.

Leiden staff members are also expected to be familiar with Dutch Code of Ethics for the Social and Behavioural Sciences, which provides guidelines for research in the social and behavioural sciences involving human participants. This Code, as well as those mentioned below, do not dictate measures and procedures for all researchers of all disciplines at all times but offers general ethical principles that require critical assessment and deliberation in order to be applied in concrete cases.

 The Code is supplemented by discipline-specific ethical guidelines and codes such as the ASA Ethical Guidelines 2011 of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth (ASA), and the 2009 Code of Ethics’ of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Ethical Guidelines of the Dutch Anthropological Association (ABV). These codes concern the responsibility towards the people being studied; the responsibility of researchers regarding scholarship and science; responsibility to the public; responsibility in teaching and in dissemination; and they outline how ethics needs to be applied.

All empirical research carried out by Leiden CADS staff members follows the Regulations Ethics Review and is evaluated by the Faculty’s Ethics Review Committee for the Social Sciences, chaired by CADS colleague Erik Bähre.

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