Ethics Committee Social Science (ECSS)

Ethical aspects

Research involving people is an important source of knowledge. Where people or human behaviour is studied, researchers have to deal with the ethical aspects of research. Human research can entail risks for the trial subjects. The Faculty's researchers are aware of this and always try to minimise any possible negative effects, so that the anticipated value of the new knowledge gained will outweigh the possible harmful consequences. Each research project –and each researcher – is expected to comply with the ethical guidelines of the Faculty, as set out in the National Ethical Code for Research in the Social and Behavioural Sciences, and in more specific applications of the Code produced within the Faculty.

The Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Social Sciences (ECSS) helps to evaluate the ethical acceptability of research proposals and to compile an advisory report for the Dean.

  • The secretariat of ECSW can be contacted at ecsw@ru.nl

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