Disability, Mental Health and the Ethics of Vulnerability
This half-day seminar explores the concept of vulnerability in the contexts of mental health and disability-related research.
Specifically, the seminar addresses the following questions:
- How is vulnerability defined and understood in disability and mental health research contexts?
- What practices lead to the construction of some research participants as vulnerable in those contexts?
- How are institutional approaches to determining vulnerability e.g. ethics committees, posing challenges in research contexts, both to researchers and participants?
Dr Konstantina (Dina) Poursanidou (Survivor Researcher Network/National Survivor User Network, UK) 'Whose vulnerability? Methodological, ethical and political struggles in doing service user-led critical ethnographic research on violence in inpatient mental health care'.
Nicola Maxwell and Dr Claire Edwards (School of Applied Social Studies, UCC) 'Reframing ‘vulnerable’ identities: persons with disabilities and negotiating un/safety'.
Dr Katherine Furman (Department of Philosophy, UCC) 'Trust, Vulnerability and Research'.
Prof Mary Donnelly (School of Law, UCC) 'Vulnerability: Implications in Research Regulation'.