Finally, the ICC writes that researchers should ensure that their results do not just end up in a scientific magazine. Instead, they encourage researchers to share their research with the public in “appropriate and accessible language.”
Many good initiatives
The ICC protocols are not specific to Greenland, but apply to the entire Arctic. So far, there are no overarching Greenlandic guidelines for how researchers should conduct ethically sound, culturally grounded and community-centred research in Greenland.
The Arctic Hub is a hub for research in Greenland, and it bids all ICCs initiatives welcome, says Anna-Sofie Skjervedal, head of the secretariat at the hub. It often happens that external researchers turn to the Arctic Hub to find out if there are any general ethical guidelines they need to follow when they conduct research in Greenland.
“We are pleased that we can now refer the researchers to the ICC protocols when they contact us. Our experience is that researchers want to do as well as possible in terms of involving local citizens and behaving ethically. At the same time as the ethical aspects can help to improve the quality of their research, it can also give them very concrete advice on how to give something back to society,” says Anna-Sofie Skjervedal.
In addition to ICC’s work, there are also initiatives underway that work towards developing guidelines that are more specific to Greenland. Arctic Hub and a number of other local research institutions support and contribute to this work.
In the meantime, Arctic Hub continues to refer external researchers to existing reports, advice and best practice cases from the local Greenlandic research environment. If you are curious to peruse these, you can find them here.