The ethics of honoraria for research participation: Lessons learned from the field

CRiHHI Critical Inquiry Series

Date: 03 Oct 2017

Presented by: Dr. Vicky Bungay, Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Gender, Equity and Community Engagement, UBC School of Nursing

Room: Rm T182, UBC Nursing, 3rd Floor - UBC Hospital

Time: 12-1pm

Researchers and participants have a longstanding tension with the use of honoraria for participation in research. Yet, empirical ethical inquiry into these tensions remains quite limited. In this presentation, I will share with participants the findings from a recent study aimed at examining ethical and methodological challenges in research with people who experience significant marginalization and discrimination. The findings illustrate that there are many ethical issues surrounding the use of honoraria that expand beyond the ethical issues of inappropriate influence and/or possible coercion.  Research participants and researchers have diverse and often competing and incompatible perspectives in how honoraria get used in recruitment and data collection and there are many gaps among researchers about how honoraria are meant to be used. And it seems that the current Tri-Council Policy Statement guidelines do not afford sufficient support to help researchers and participants navigate these sensitive issues.

BIO: Dr. Vicky Bungay is an Associate Professor at the UBC School of Nursing and holds a Canada Research Chair in Gender, Equity and Community Engagement. As the Director of the Capacity Research Unit, her work focuses on addressing inequities that negatively affect people’s health and well-being including the devastating effects of stigma, discrimination and violence. She is interested in how research partnerships can positively impact communities that are regularly excluded in health and social policy and programming that affect their lives and how community-based interventions support real world evidence. Her current research and partnerships are tackling such issues as research ethics in practice, equity oriented care, gender–based violence,  and evidence-informed recommendations to promote and protect the health, safety and human rights of people engaged in the sex industry.

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