Volunteers receive Impact Award for involvement in PREPARED research study

June 2024 Hazel Partington and Janet Garner Volunteers who contributed to a PREPARED study on the experiences of disabled people and their carers during the COVID-19 pandemic had their efforts recognised with a ‘Service User and Carer Impact’ award. The award was presented on 24th April 2024 at the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Centre […]

An app for ethics in times of crisis

May 2024 Dr Nearchos Paspallis and Dr Sean Travers Get PREPARED It feels as if our world is plagued by crisis after crisis: pandemics, wars and climate change, to name just a few. We cannot eliminate crisis but we can get better prepared to mitigate the impact of future crises. Preparing for the next crisis […]

Book Review – Challenging the protection-inclusion dilemma in research ethics: A community engagement toolkit for leaving no one behind in research

May 2024 In their latest Springer book publication, Vulnerability Revisited, Schroeder et al (2024) challenge the protection-inclusion dilemma for vulnerable groups in research. Using a creative community engagement toolkit, their main mission is leaving no one behind in research. Leave no one behind is the central, transformative promise of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable […]

A call for research ethics in the face of the climate crisis

April 2024 A call to action Our world is increasingly rocked by environmental disasters and climate events, from scorching heat waves to devastating storms, floods, and wildfires. In 2023 alone, a staggering 240 global climate-related events were recorded, claiming the lives of at least 12,000 people. These events, largely attributed to climate change, are only anticipated to […]

‘No one was listening’ — an insight into the pandemic experiences of single mothers of autistic children with special needs 

January 2024 In this entry, we welcome guest author Amy Taylor, an experienced special educational needs teacher. Amy discusses her research interviewing single mothers of autistic children for her MSc in Psychology from Arden University. During the COVID-19 pandemic, single parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities were particularly impacted by lockdown measures […]

A map of trainings in research ethics and integrity

December 2023 Carly Seedall-Vasic is a research analyst at EUREC European Network of Research Ethics Committees In an ever-changing research landscape marked by increasingly complex challenges, training in research ethics and integrity becomes all the more crucial. Effective training equips the research community to tackle the unexpected, fostering a culture of preparedness. During the COVID-19 […]

Human rights in a crisis: a legal analysis

December 2023 Enya O’Connell-Hussey is the communications officer for PREPARED It is a strange fact of life that the world experienced a global emergency that most of us, less than a few years later, mention only in passing and would rather not dwell upon. Concerns have moved on, for the most part. Already, our collective memories […]

PREPARED at the 2023 Cyprus Forum

November 2023 Dr Orla Drummond is a senior research analyst and human rights lawyer at Trilateral Research Prof Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou is the head of the School of Law at the University of Central Lancashire in Cyprus and the Founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods (ICLAIM) At the 2023 […]

Leaks and spills: Biorisk management during global crisis

November 2023 Enya O’Connell-Hussey is the communications officer for PREPARED Dr Johannes Rath is the International Biorisk Management Advisor for the European Commission, UN, and OSCE Have you ever played the glitter game? It’s a simple concept — give a child a tub of open glitter, let them dip their hands in it, and set them […]