Situating Your Research and Ethics Beyond Academia

This working group focuses on supporting graduate students in situating themselves and their research within non-academic communities. Encouraging participants to take a nuanced approach to ethics, it will also explore how they can produce research which is accessible and accountable to the communities which contribute towards and are impacted by it.

May 31, 2022, 8:00am Eastern Time – August 3, 2022, 12:00pm Eastern Time

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Graduate leaders

Cynthia Nkiruka AnyadiCynthia Nkiruka Anyadi, University of London

Cynthia Nkiruka Anyadi is currently a PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London, researching the topic ‘Mapping death, migration, and material culture through memorial souvenirs: a case study of Igbo Nigerians’. As a co-Lead of this project, she has a specific focus on the holistic practical application of research ethics, and a central tenet of her research is ensuring accountability towards and accessibility to the community within which she works, and whose contributions are invaluable. She has many years of experience in teaching and facilitation, including teaching research methods at the undergraduate level, as well as 5+ years’ experience working for community-oriented non-profit organizations such as Black Geographers and Envision UK.

Sophie Thompson HylandSophie Thompson-Hyland, Keele University

Sophie Thompson-Hyland is studying for an MA in Human geography and sustainability research skills at Keele University, her thesis is “Decolonising Keele: an exploration of the perceptions and barriers to the implementation of Decolonising the Curriculum.” She will be starting my PhD at the university of Birmingham in September, where she will be researching the literary representations of the intersect between regional and the Black/Mixed race racial identity in the Midlands. Whilst co-leading this project her understanding of decolonisation discourse, race and postcolonialism will provide the theoretical underpinnings to the methods and approaches needed in order to become an ethical researcher in the institution.

Eligibility and capacity

We will select up to 20 graduate students to participate in this working group. Selection will be based on your AAG membership status, your research needs, and time of registration. If you are selected, we will notify you ahead of the working group and provide you all the working group details and session links. If you are selected, the expectation is that you will participate in all sessions of the working group.


Selected participants should be planning and close to beginning or already in the early stages of undertaking their data collection. Any Master’s students who want to take part will need to already have a strong idea of which communities their research will engage with (although this will be explored further).

Detailed schedule

This working group will meet at the following times (Eastern Time):

  • Session 1: 8:00 – 10:00am, Tuesday, May 31
  • Session 2: 8:00 – 10:00am, Tuesday, June 7
  • Session 3: 10:00am – 12:00pm, Tuesday, June 21
  • Session 4: 10:00am – 12:00pm, Tuesday, June 28
  • Session 5: 10:00am – 12:00pm, Monday, July 11
  • Session 6: 10:00am – 12:00pm, Tuesday, July 19
  • Session 7: 10:00am – 12:00pm, Tuesday, July 26
  • Session 8: 10:00am – 12:00pm, Wednesday, August 3

Throughout the summer, expect to also spend a few hours working independently on readings or short assignments for the working group.