Dr. Lori Peek, Director of the Natural Hazards Center here at IBS, was co-author on a piece published in Nature this week. The full article, titled "Disaster-zone research needs a code of conduct" is available here.
Most countries do not provide ethical guidance for researchers, and universities have widely varying standards for the protection of study participants. The UNDRR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction) is a trusted convener of scientists and practitioners globally. It could serve as a focal point for the development and implementation of an ethical code of conduct for researchers in disaster zones. As disasters unfold around the globe, the need for such a code of conduct becomes ever more urgent.
Nature 575, 440-442 (2019)