The seminar will address various ethical challenges regarding primary data collection in the Global South.
Lennart Kaplan from the University of Göttingen will talk about his research experience and results of a “Systematic review on ethical challenges of 'field' research in low-income and middle-income countries: respect, justice and beneficence for research staff?” recently published in BMJ Health. The publication is part of an ongoing research project “Ethics in Development Research: “Doing No Harm” when conducting research in the Global South”, in partnership with the University of Oxford, University of Goettingen, WZB, TUM School of Governance, Universidad del Rosario and Innovations for Poverty Action Colombia (IPA). The project aim is to identify and synthesize evidence of ethical challenges that are faced by local and international research staff implementing field research projects in the Global South. Secondly, the project also aims at critically assessing and reviewing existing ethical guidelines and protocols that seek to address and alleviate these challenges.

About the speaker:
Lennart Kaplan is a postdoctoral researcher at Göttingen’s University Chair of Development Economics of Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs. Here he co-organizes 3D - Digital Development Dialogue, bringing together practitioners and researchers to talk about various development policy issues and address the theory vs. practice divide. He is also an associated researcher at the German Development Institute in Bonn. From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Kaplan studied Economics in Göttingen, Warsaw and Groningen and was part of the Globalization and Development research training group.. From 2015 to 2018 he worked as a research assistant at the universities of Heidelberg and Göttingen under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Axel Dreher. In addition, he has worked as a consultant for the World Bank or the Institute for the World Economy (IfW) in Kiel.

Lennart Kaplan’s research interests comprise international trade, impact evaluation, the effectiveness and political economy of development cooperation (including emerging private and public donors) as well as global health. He is also interested in the ethical challenges connected to primary data collection in the Global South. His work has been published in the Review of International Economics and BMJ Open.

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