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Designing and Managing Research

At the initial design stage of any research project, the researcher(s) need to think through, as far as possible, the ethical implications for the entire project. Research managers are required to ensure ethical conduct of research staff throughout research projects. These are challenging tasks. We have gathered resources to help researchers at the design stage, and research managers at any stage, of non-medical research.


Building ethics into the research design. This section highlights the ethics questions involved in research design, in relation to different methodological approaches, and different stages in the process. It aims to be a useful guide to ethics in research design at all stages of a study, but especially at the first stages of designing a new study. You will strengthen your research (and may increase your chances of being funded) by embedding your consideration of these questions in the development of your research design – think about ethics as you go through the design process, not as an afterthought or add-on to your proposal.

Ethics, in a broad sense of the word, is difficult to define. Personal ethics tend to vary greatly from person to person, however, each industry has a generally accepted, if not published, code of ethics. Infusing ethics throughout your business matters because it reflects both the beliefs your organization holds and on you personally. Marketing research is such a ubiquitous function that it applies to the business, philanthropy, and academic worlds. For this reason, there are different codes of ethics for different types of marketing and research, such as social media marketing, marketing towards children, and public opinion polling

Ethical considerations in research design

There are many organizations, like the Committee on Publication Ethics, dedicated to promoting ethics in scientific research. These organizations agree that ethics is not an afterthought or side note to the research study. It is an integral aspect of research that needs to remain at the forefront of our work.

Managing a research project (from University of Kent)

The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) has a variety of online (and physical resources in our SLAS offices) to help you with your studies.

Project management is an important skill for a principal investigator.Having been successful in attracting funding for your project, you will now have to lead it from set-up to completion. The following pages take you through the key stages:

Managing doctoral research (1)

The Smart Way to Manage a Large Research Project

Seven Essential Tips for Managing a Large Research Project

How Project Management Techniques Can Improve Research. Without established timelines or performance measures by which to track progress, it can feel like you are constantly racing against time and funding to produce results.

ENERI – A network of networks

The “European Network of Research Ethics and Research Integrity” (ENERI) is a project that aims to improve the exchange between experts in the fields of research ethics and research integrity. To this end the ENERI e-Community is established as a permanent platform that enables better communication and cooperation. As well for practical guidance recommendations and tools for researchers, research ethics committees and research integrity offices are developed, in particular the RI Handbook, the RE&RI manual and the decision tree. On top of that online training options are available in the ENERI classroom.