Research ethics, pedagogy, and professional human geography: Making Moral Imaginations

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    47 Citations (Scopus)


    This paper exhorts geographers to become more active in debate about ethical research practice. It also suggests that ethical theory, practical problems, and lessons learned from postmodern thought make the prospects of establishing prescriptive codes of ethics unlikely. Instead, flexible prompts for moral contemplation might be used to encourage careful thought on matters of ethics. Because the practical feasibility of moral prompts rests on the existence of moral imaginations, it is vital to consider ways in which those imaginations might be stimulated and nurtured. Professional associations and university academics have significant roles to play in this. Geographers must position themselves as effective agents in the processes by which professional research ethics are shaped rather than awaiting the potentially inappropriate outcomes of other agencies' deliberations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)55-75
    Number of pages21
    JournalEthics, Place and Environment
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1998


    Dive into the research topics of 'Research ethics, pedagogy, and professional human geography: Making Moral Imaginations'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this