Past Webinar

Community research ethics

and The launch of the Community Research Code of Practice

Martin Tolich, Garth Nowland-Foreman,

Watch our October 2020 webinar to hear Martin Tolich from the NZ Ethics Committee discuss community research ethics and how the NZEC can support you or your organisation on your community research journey. Martin also speaks about some of the pressing issues in ethical community research including:

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Equity
  • Pākehā Paralysis
  • Importance of having a relationship with NZ Ethics Committee

He discusses what defines research, why ethics is important, who needs to consider ethics and how we can address this kaupapa better as research commissioning organisations and those undertaking research.

We also have the official relaunch of the revised Community Research Code of Practice with our Community Research Co-chair, Garth Nowland-Foreman.

Finally, we promote a range of professional associations that can support you in your ethical practice and some of the indemnity requirements you may need to consider when undertaking or commissioning research in the community.


About the Presenters

Martin Tolich

Martin Tolich’s first degrees were from Auckland University and his Ph.D. in Sociology was from University of California, Davis. He is currently Associate Professor in Sociology at Otago University, New Zealand. Martin has authored and co-authored numerous books on Research Methods and Research Ethics for Pearson, Oxford University Press, Routledge and Sage. His latest books were Planning Ethically Responsible Research (with Sieber), the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics (with Ron Iphofen), Public Sociology Capstone: Non-neoliberal Alternatives to Internships, Social Science Research in New Zealand (with Davidson). His forthcoming book with Routledge is Finding Your Ethical Self: a guidebook for novice qualitative researchers. He has served on ethics committees for over twenty years and in 2008 founded a not-for-profit independent New Zealand Ethics Committee. In 2012, he gained a blue-sky three year Marsden Grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand to study tensions around ethics review.

Garth Nowland-Foreman

Garth is a Director at the LEAD Centre for Not for Profit Leadership where he works with community organisations and those that fund them. Formerly a lecturer for the Unitec  Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management, Garth has worked extensively in community development through both government and NGO roles in Australia, NZ and the wider Asia-Pacific region. He is an accomplished author and recognised expert in strategic leadership and governance of NGOs.  Garth's expertise and skill in training, coaching, and mentoring have resulted in him being appointed to a number of advisory roles to government and philanthropic funders on strategy, accountability, evaluation and reviews. He is a passionate researcher and has undertaken or supervised a range of research projects, and prepared issues papers, research reports and major submissions for non-profit organisations and on voluntary sector & social policy issues.  Garth has an impressive publication list and is often called on as a public speaker on NGO development and civil society.

This Webinar was held

11 AM NZ Time
30 Oct
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