Doing Sensitive Research Sensitively: Ethical and Methodological Issues in Researching Workplace Bullying

  • Declan Fahie School of Education University College Dublin Dublin, Ireland

Abstract

Complex ethical and methodological issues can sometimes arise when conducting research into sensitive topics. By employing an autobiographic approach to explore the personal dilemmas that arose for the author while undertaking doctoral research on workplace bullying in Irish education, this article highlights potential difficulties and tensions which may arise for researchers (particularly those at the beginning of their careers) when conducting sensitive research. Specific attention is paid to the importance of protecting the researcher from harm, the exiting of the research relationship in an appropriate manner, and the necessity of anticipating potential problems before they become manifest.

Author Biography

Declan Fahie, School of Education University College Dublin Dublin, Ireland
Irish Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow
Published
2014-01-31
Section
Articles