Ethics and Visual Research Methods

Theory, Methodology, and Practice

  • Deborah Warr
  • Marilys Guillemin
  • Susan Cox
  • Jenny Waycott

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Deborah Warr, Jenny Waycott, Marilys Guillemin, Susan Cox
    Pages 1-16
  3. Intersections: Methods and Ethics

  4. Ethical Issues in Contexts

  5. The Ethics of Researching Art and Artful Research

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-266

About this book


This collection presents stories from the field that were gathered from researchers using a breadth of visual methods. Visual methods refer to the use of still or moving images either as forms of data, to explore research topics and explorations of artistic practice. In addition to well-established visual methods, such as photo-voice and photo-elicitation, the possibilities for visual methods are flourishing through the proliferation of visual culture and developments in digital technologies. Methodological and ethical issues are emerging as visual methods are adapted and applied to answer new kinds of research questions, and in varied settings and populations. Authors offer practical and thoughtful discussions of emerging methodological and ethical dilemmas they encountered in innovative projects that used visual methods either in combination with other methods or as a stand-alone method. The discussions will be of interest to those seeking to understand the value, and potential ethical risks, of visual methodologies for social research.


Ethical Issues in Visual Research Navigating Ethics in Cross-cultural Research Immigrant Women in South Korea The Ethics of Research Images Ethical Matter for Visual Research Ethics of Research Art and Artful Research

Editors and affiliations

  • Deborah Warr
    • 1
  • Marilys Guillemin
    • 2
  • Susan Cox
    • 3
  • Jenny Waycott
    • 4
  1. 1.University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.MelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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