Researching Across Cultures: Issues of Ethics and Power


  • Anne Marshall University of Victoria
  • Suzanne Batten University of Victoria



ethics, power, control, research design, data ownership


Cultural diversity manifests in all rela­tionships, including research relationships. Aca­dem­ic investigators work across a broad range of cultures that goes beyond ethnicity. What implica­tions are most important for academic researchers to consider when designing and implementing a project? A review of relevant literature suggests that ethical implications begin with the power aspects in the research relationship. Consent, research processes, research design, data owner­ship, and uses of data are also salient issues that arise. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0403396


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Author Biographies

Anne Marshall, University of Victoria

Anne MARSHALL is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies at the University of Victoria. Her research interests center on identity, counseling, and life-career development issues for youth. She is a founding member of the interdisciplinary Youth and Society Research Centre at the University of Victoria. She is co-editor of the forthcoming book Ethics in Community-Based Research.

Suzanne Batten, University of Victoria

Suzanne BATTEN is a member of the Dene Nation. She is currently completing her PhD in educational psychology at the University of Victoria, BC, where she is a SSHRC doctoral fellow and sessional instructor. Her doctoral research focuses on Indigenous mental health. Other research interests include cross cultural ethics and research methodology. Upon completion of her studies, she plans to seek registration as a psychologist and provide mental health services to an urban Aboriginal community.




How to Cite

Marshall, A., & Batten, S. (2004). Researching Across Cultures: Issues of Ethics and Power. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(3).



FQS Debate: Qualitative Research and Ethics