In the beginning, this was a small project started by a small group of researchers working in international contexts. We were facing some big challenges and decided to reach out to the global research community to learn from others.

We began a project called ‘Doing Ethical Research Together’ – we invited some researchers to meet with us in Edinburgh to help us think about how to find solutions to ethical challenges. Interest grew over the next months until more than 200 researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders from around the world had joined our discussions through a series of roundtable events at the University of Edinburgh and feedback events in 16 countries.

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Contributors from around the world were involved in developing this resource. This map shows the countries represented (in blue).  *Image created with


Context is key in global research. What may work in one place may not work in another. We were keen to include perspectives from different communities around the globe to make sure that this toolkit would represent many voices, experiences and many contexts.











We are hugely grateful for the time investment and thoughtful contributions of this network of people. 

Contributors have shared that being involved in the development of this resource has been empowering and helpful to their practice.

Now I know that I am not alone. It is reassuring and liberating to know that others have had the same experiences. It is empowering to hear their solutions and to talk about mine. Now I know that there is not one right answer, but there is a strong process that will help me find the best answer for my project, for now.

 - Roundtable participant

Contributor disciplines

We want to thank everyone who contributed to the development of this material.

It is the product of rich and intensive conversations with more than 200 researchers and people involved in global research, from more than 30 countries and more than 60 discipline areas, who attended our roundtable events at The University of Edinburgh in 2019 and workshops around the world. These conversations both inspired and shaped the development of this resource.

Our Team

Dr. Clara Calia, University of Edinburgh, UK

Professor Liz Grant, Global Health Academy, University of Edinburgh, UK

Professor Corinne Reid, Victoria University, Australia

Dr. Cristóbal Guerra, Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile

Mr. Action Amos, International Bureau of Epilepsy, Africa

Dr. Khama Chibwana, Chancellor College, Malawi

Professor Geoff Simm, Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Insecurity, University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr. Paul Kawale, African Institute for Development PolicyMalawi

Dr. Lisa Boden, Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Insecurity, University of Edinburgh, UK

Mrs. Alinafe Chibwana, Creative Centre for Community Mobilization, Malawi

Mr. Paul Mekani, Nkhoma Hospital, Mangochi District, Malawi

Dr. Charles Marley, University of Edinburgh, UK

Miss Matilda Anderson, University of Edinburgh, UK


We want to thank everyone who participated in the workshops and expert review groups throughout the world **

Name of institution
Abdul-Gafar Tobi Oshodi Lagos State University Nigeria
Abiodun Isaac Agunbiade University of Ibadan Nigeria
Adewale Aderemi National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies Abuja Nigeria
Alberto Astorga Universidad Santo Tomás Chile
Allou Elvis ADJAFFI University Felix Houphouët-Boigny (Abidjan-Cocody) Côte d’Ivoire
Amable José Pérez Universidad Santo Tomás Colombia
Amanda Hernández Universidad Santo Tomás Chile
Ana Hirsch Adler Universidad Nactional Autónoma de México México
Armando Ulises Ceron Martinez Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Pachuca México
Arturo Rafael Avalos González Adda Development S de RL de CV México
Barnara Catalán  Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso Chile
Carolina Soto Mendez Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, Bogotá Colombia
César Núñez Universidad de Medellín Colombia
Cinthia M. Hernádez R.  Universidad Galileo Guatemala
Claudia Marcela Castro Osorio Instituto Nacional de Salud Colombia
Claudia María Villa G.  Instituto Humboldt Colombia
Daniel Herrera Kelly  Independent Guatemala
Deyanira Duque Ministerio de ciencia, technología e innovación - Minciencias Colombia
Diana López UCC Colombia
Diva Mirella Barrientos  Independent  Guatemala
Dr Ayanthi Karunarathne Ministry of Health Sri Lanka
Dr Furaha Umutoni Alida University of Rwanda, Centre for Conflict Management Rwanda
Dr Onyekachi E. Nnabuihe Caleb University, Imota, Lagos Nigeria
Dr Pamela Warner Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh Scotland, UK
Dr Shaher Abdullateef CARA and Syrian academic expertise (registred NGO) Syria
Dr Susannah C. Johnston University of Edinburgh Scotland, UK
Dr. Ezinwanyi E. Adam Babcock University Nigeria
Dr. Grace O. Talabi University of Lagos Nigeria
Dr. Kojo Opoku Aidoo University of Ghana Ghana
Dr. Nweke, Florence Ewomazino  Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Akoka-Yaba Nigeria
Dr. Olanrewaju A. Salako University of Lagos Nigeria
Dr. Rida Anis Hasan Kalyoncu University Turkey
Dra. Andrea Leisewitz Universidad Santo Tomás Chile
Dra. Natalie Figueredo Universidad Católica del Uruguay Uruguay
Dupe ADEMOLA-POPOOLA University of Ilorin Nigeria
Eduardo Ensaldo Carrasco Comisión Nacional de Arbitraje Médico México
Elder Emilio Garcia Asociación de Servicios Educativos y Culturales Guatemala
Evelyn González Universidad SAnto Tomás Chile
Fernanda Olivares  Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso Chile
François TAPSOBA  University Joseph KI-ZERBO Burkina Faso
Francy Hollminn Salas Conteras Investigadora Independiente Colombia-Ecuador
Gisela Gonzáles Ruiz Cerinpros S.A.S IPS. Colombia
Hannah Muzee Kyambogo University  Uganda
Héctor Manuel Campos Hidalgo Universidad Santo Tomás Chile
Ibrahima Niang Institute of African and Asian Studies of Sahel Dakar Senegal
Ingrid Janneth Hortta Campos Hospital Militar Central Colombia 
Isaac A. Adedeji Department of Sociology, Olabisi Onabanjo, University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State Nigeria
Ismail Shina ALIMI Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria
Isobel Marr University of Edinburgh Scotland, UK
Javiera Toro  Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Chile
Jessie Fubara-Manuel University of Edinburgh Scotland, UK
Judy Alexandra Rey León Universidad Antonio Nariño Colombia
Keydy Vasquez Universidad de Los Andes Colombia
KPRI Kobenan Kra Université Jean Lorougnon GUEDE (Daloa) Côte d’Ivoire
Leidy Franco Cadena Universidad de Los Andes Colombia
Lindsay Jaacks Harvard University USA
Magda Liliana Rincón Meléndez Ministerio de ciencia, technología e innovación - Minciencias Colombia
Magdalena Valenzuela Universidad Santo Tomás Chile
María del Rosario Rada Isaza Universidad del Valle Colombia
María Isabel Muñoz Jaime Universidad Santo Tomás Chile
María Leonor Caldas Instituto Nacional de Salud Colombia
María Leonor Caldas Martínez Instituto Nacional de Salud Colombia
MARIAN OKPOMA University of Lagos Nigeria
Miriam Yaneth Ischiu Rojas Independiente Guatemala
Luty Gomezcaceres Corporación Universitaria del Caribe Colombia
Mark McLeister University of Edinburgh Scotland, UK
Natalia Ramos Universidad Santo Tomás Chile
Omotayo Oloruntoba-Oju Adekunle Ajasin University Nigeria
Paulina Barrera Servicio de Salud Viña del Mar- Quillota Chile
Professor Abel Gbenga Fakuade University of Ilorin, Ilorin Nigeria
Professor Harrison Adeniyi Lagos State University, Lagos Nigeria
Reem Alaeddine Independent Lebanon
Rosemary Chikafa-Chipiro University of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Saheed Akinmayọwa Lawal, PhD Department of Sociology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria Nigeria
Samuel Asiedu Owusu, PhD University of Cape Coast Ghana
Simbarashe Nyuke University of the Witswatersrand South Africa
Taiwo Oloruntoba-Oju University of Ilorin Nigeria
Tamara Bruna Universidad Santo Tomas Chile
TAWA Netton Prince Université Alassane Ouattara, Bouaké Côte d’Ivoire
Thatshisiwe Ndlovu Public Affairs Research Institute (University of the Witwatersrand) South Africa
Victor Ibrahim KOLO University of Ibadan Nigeria
Verónica Rubio Aguilar Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile Chile
Werner Vásquez Independent Ecuador

**If you participated in the elaboration of this material and you want us to add or remove your name to this list please contact us


This project has been made possible thanks to generous support from the GCRF SFC ODA Global Challenges – Internal Funding Scheme at the University of Edinburgh.