Disasters and conflicts lead to crises that call for humanitarian responses. How can we know that the type of response being provided is actually effective, timely, and the best use of the available resources? To answer these questions, there has been a recent drive for more research and other evidence-generating activities related to humanitarian aid. But research related to humanitarian aid often involve human participants and thus raise ethical issues of their own.
In this CARE panel, we will discuss the distinctive challenges of conducting research during and after humanitarian crises. Among the questions we will discuss: How can such research avoid exploitation? What counts as good evidence of efficacy? What sort of risks can we expect research participants to sign up for? Is informed consent possible? Are there conditions under which research is not appropriate and the sole priority should be providing aid?
The panel will feature Dr. Veena Pillai (Dhi Consulting and Training, Malaysia). Combining her medical license, research, and interests in humanitarian work, Dr. Pillai works with refugees in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is affiliated with the University of Malaya through various research projects, and she was a past Global Health Equity Scholar (GHES). Her current research is in the areas of prison health, refugee health and disaster medicine. She will be joined by Erin Lin (Political Science, Ohio State) and Marcel Yotebieng (College of Public Health, Ohio State)
This CARE panel is free and open to the public. The panel is taking place in collaboration with the PREA Ethics of Humanitarian Research conference at Ohio State University. The panel will also be simulcast live in University Hall 347 with an interactive Q&A session.
If you would like to attend more sessions at the PREA Conference, you can register here. Registration is $25, however it includes lunch and coffee breaks on both days.