As social scientists, we live in a time when the rigour of our research is under scrutiny – by colleagues seeking to improve its quality, by media interested in academic scandal, by publishers, and by funders.
The talk tackles the recent changes in researching and publishing that result from various transparency initiatives, such as the DA-RT initiative, in social science research over the past few years. These changes significantly impact expectations for research, funding and publishing. They raise important questions for both qualitative and quantitative approaches that focus on Europe’s multiple interactions in a changing transnational setting and the ethics of conducting such research. For example, ethically challenging research, such as work that focuses on refugee populations and migration flows, humanitarianism and border management, or the EU’s engagement in international conflict management and statebuilding, often require research procedures that may stand at odds with recent transparency demands. For individual researchers as well as for academic institutions, navigating conflicting demands of research ethics and publication requirements can be complex and challenging. This talk takes stock of recent debates and critically examines the trade-offs being made.
About the speaker
Jeffrey T. Checkel is currently situated at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute in Flrence, as Chair in International Politics, moving from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. After a first degree from Cornell University in applied physics, Checkel received a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991).
Among the honors he has received is the Humboldt Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2015). In 2014, he was named a Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, in recognition of his contributions to research on peace and conflict.
For PhD students
Jeff Checkel is happy to meet with interested PhD students. If you would like to do so, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to invite you for drinks after the lecture.
Room Common Room Political Science (9th floor)Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
This event is co-organised by the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research and the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies.