As demonstrated in the previous lesson, ethics infuses the entire research process. This is especially true for disaster research, which often involves the simultaneous pressure to collect perishable data directly after an event while ensuring that such research activities do not further harm already vulnerable people and disrupted communities. It is therefore important that researchers be aware of the unique ethical challenges of conducting disaster research. While some of those issues have been foreshadowed in the previous lessons, this lesson focuses specifically on issues that have been raised in the hazards and disaster literature.
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