Student Resources

As well as the guidelines produced by the British Association for the Study of Religions there are a number of organisations with similar guidelines which can be interesting to compare. The most useful is probably that of the British Sociological Association . The British Psychological Association Code of Ethics and Conduct is also a useful example.

If you really want to get to grips with Research Ethics in general, rather than specifically in relation to the study of religion, then you might find this free, online 4 week course interesting.

Digital media is a growing opportunity for research but comes with it’s own ethical challenges. This podcast from the Religious Studies Project delves into some of the interesting and challenging issues. The ethical guidelines for the Association of Internet Researchers provides some more specific guidance.

Some suggested reading:

  • Bird, F. Scholes, L.L. 2011. Research Ethics. In: Stausberg, M. Engler, S. (eds). The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion. London: Routledge
  • Bryman, A. 2016. Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Hinnells, J.R. ed. 2010. The Routledge companion to the Study of Religion. Abingdon: Routledge.Oliver, P. 2010. The Student’s Guide to Research Ethics. 2nd Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press.
  • Wiles, R. What are qualitative research ethics? London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • The Journal ‘Fieldwork in Religion’ had a special issue on ethics and fieldwork which covers a variety of issues in the ethics of fieldwork: Vol. 12 No. 2 (2017): Special Issue: Ethics and Fieldwork