Business, Environment and Social Sciences joint Faculty Research Ethics Committee (AREA FREC)

The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) Terms of Reference include approval of proposals for research which comes under the Terms of Reference to follow. UREC have delegated the review of such proposals to Faculty Research Ethics Committees (FRECs), such as the Research Ethics Committee for the Faculties of Business, Environment and Social Sciences (AREA FREC), to consider approval for proposals that include research with significant ethical dimensions, in particular research involving human participants or their data, or significant negative environmental impact. 

AREA is a cross-faculty ethics committee reviewing applications from the Faculties of Business, Environment and Social Sciences. A number of faculty representatives sit on the committee as well as a lay member.  

Introduction to the AREA FREC

    Membership

    Chair: Dr Kahyryn Hughes, School of Sociology and Social Policy 
    Deputy Chair: Dr Matthew Davis, Management Division, LUBS 

    Faculty representatives:

    Social Sciences

    Dr Mary Chambers, School of Education (on research leave until August 2019)
    Dr Judith Hebron, School of Education 
    Dr Michael Inglis, School of Education  
    Dr Michael Wilson, School of Education 
    Dr Subhajit Basu, School of Law 
    Dr Beverley Clough, School of Law (unavailable until January 2020) 
    Dr Imogen Jones, School of Law 
    Dr Henry Yeomans, School of Law 
    Dr Charlie Dannreuther, School of Politics and International Studies 
    Dr Yoshiharu Kobayashi, School of Politics and International Studies 
    Dr David Seawright, School of Politics and International Studies (from September 2018)
    Dr Kim Allen, Sociology and Social Policy 
    Dr Tom Campbell, School of Sociology and Social Policy 
    Dr Sharon Elley, School of School of Sociology and Social Policy 
    Dr Sonja Erikainen, Sociology and Social Policy (from April 2019)
    Dr Andrew Wallace, School of Sociology and Social Policy 
    Dr Katy Wright, School of Sociology and Social Policy 
    Vacancy, Centre for Disability Studies representative

    Environment

    Dr Paul Brockway, Earth and Environment (from January 2019)
    Prof Paul Glover, School of Earth and Environment 
    Dr Lucie Middlemiss, Sustainability Research Institute 
    Dr Stephen Whitfield, School of Earth and Environment (until April 2019) 
    Vacancy, School of Earth and Environment 
    Andy Turner, School of Geography 
    Dr Caroline Mullen, Institute of Transport Studies
    Prof Simon Shepherd, Institute of Transport Studies 

    Business

    Dr Mohammad Ahammad, Centre for International Business 
    Dr Desmond Leach, Management Division 
    Dr Andrew Mearman, Economics Division 
    Prof Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki, Centre for International Business 
    Dr Hinrich Voss, International Business Division 
    Vacancies

    Additional members

    Mandip Cheema, lay member  
    Vacancies for lay members 
    Vacancy, Research Ethics Senior Training and Development Officer, ODPL/ IDEA CETL

    Vacancies for lay members

    Student representatives

    Lilith Brouwers, LUBS (from October 2018) 
    Michael Walker, Education (from August 2018) 
    Megan Waugh, School of Geography 

    Review process

    Most applications are reviewed by email by at least two members of the FREC. Once your complete application is received you'll receive an email from the administrator confirming receipt and giving you an ethics reference number (eg AREA 17-167). You should allow six weeks for the review to take place. The initial review usually takes place within 2-3 weeks, and once this has happened you'll receive a letter from the administrator detailing the outcome of the review. You may be asked to clarify certain aspects of your application or to make some changes (this is called a Provisional Opinion) or your application may be approved without you having to make any changes (a Favourable Opinion). In very rare cases an application may be given an Unfavourable Opinion, if this happens the FREC will explain in the letter why that decision was made and they will offer to discuss options for changing your research project with you.

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