New chapter on participatory research by Andrew Evans

We are excited to share a forthcoming chapter written by PEWS research assistant, Andrew Evans, and PEWS director, Angela Potochnik about participatory research. This book chapter, "Theorizing Participatory Research" is in press in Ethical Issues in Stakeholder-Engaged Health Research. The chapter examines the variety of participatory research, or research that includes public involvement, across fields … Continue reading New chapter on participatory research by Andrew Evans

PEWS Interdisciplinary Sustainability R&D Group – Spring 2022 Review

When someone mentions sustainability research, most people immediately think about engineering, environmental conservation, and other hard sciences. But so far, our group has welcomed scholars from the departments of English, Geology, Public Planning, Philosophy, Romance Languages and Literature, Physics, and Anthropology. United by an interest in research and sustainability, each member brings different skills, strengths, … Continue reading PEWS Interdisciplinary Sustainability R&D Group – Spring 2022 Review

Raising Ethical Questions About Off-Label Use of Covid-19 Vaccines

It is probably safe to say that many people who never previously took interest in US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory processes have been learning a lot about them this past year by paying close attention to the development, review, and roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines. Tens of thousands of individuals in the US enrolled … Continue reading Raising Ethical Questions About Off-Label Use of Covid-19 Vaccines

Divergence of values and goals in participatory research

One of PEWS's continuing activities is an interdisciplinary 'R&D' (research and discussion) group. We're proud to announce that some of the members of that group have coauthored an article in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science that's now available online. The article, "Divergence of values and goals in participatory research," suggests that existing schemes for categorizing types of participatory research should be updated to reflect the relationship participants' goals bear to those of the researchers, a relationship that is significant for the value of the public participation in the research and of the research itself. The paper's authors are Lucas Dunlap, Amanda Corris, Melissa Jacquart, Zvi Biener, and Angela Potochnik. You can access the article at this link (freely available until September 2!)