EPRC's Ethics Policy

Research undertaken by the European Policies Research Centre complies with the University of Strathclyde’s Code of Practice on Investigations on Human Beings. This Code is designed to ensure that all research undertaken by University staff and students is carried out in an ethical manner. The Code of Practice is intended to ensure that:

  • research is designed and undertaken to ensure integrity and quality;
  • research subjects (e.g. interviewees) are informed fully about the purpose, methods and possible uses of the research and what their participation involves;
  • the confidentiality of information and participant anonymity is respected;
  • involvement of research participants is voluntary; and
  • research is independent, free of conflicts of interest or partiality.

Further information

Further information on ethics for those being interviewed for EPRC research is available here.

Guidance on the code of ethics for EPRC researchers (and experts sub-contracted to EPRC) is available here.

EPRC's Sustainability Policy

Carbon Passport EPRC has a sustainability policy which involves minimising CO2 emissions associated with travel, maximising energy efficiency, and ensuring environmentally friendly waste management.

Specifically, EPRC has the following objectives:

  • to minimise CO2 emissions associated with travel;
  • to maximise energy efficiency in the purchasing of goods and services and by reducing electricity consumption;
  • to maximise opportunities for waste management and recycling;
  • to engage with the University on sustainability issues which are not within the control of EPRC.
  • As EPRC’s research activities are undertaken throughout Europe, a key issue concerns travel, where EPRC takes the following steps:
  • Air travel is minimised as far as possible with, for example, rail travel being preferred;
  • Public transport is used in preference to car travel wherever possible;
  • Video-conferencing is used in preference to face-to-face meetings where practicable.
  • From the beginning of 2013, contributions are being made to carbon-offsetting projects via South Pole Carbon, in order to compensate for flights undertaken. These offsets are approved by the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCBS) and Carbon Fix. The offsetting charge is calculated using the South Pole Carbon CO2 calculator. Each year, the EPRC offsetting charge equates to c. 25 tonnes of CO2.
  • EPRC chose to contribute to reforestation projects in Africa and Asia, which combine climate, environmental and social benefits and serve as an example for sustainable development, e.g.:
  • A reforestation project providing local employment, Uganda (watch a video),
  • The Kariba REDD+ forest protection project, Zimbabwe
  • A 50-tonne CO2 emission reduction through Climate+ in Ethiopia 
  • A rainforest reforestation project in the Malaysian part of Borneo.