Social and Behavioural Sciences


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Research Integrity Social and Behavioural Sciences


Professor Melissa S. Anderson, PhD: Lead author

Melissa Anderson is professor of higher education, with affiliate membership in bioethics, at the University of Minnesota, USA. Her work over the past 25 years has been in the areas of scientific integrity, research collaboration, and academy–industry relations, focusing on the research environment in relation to research integrity and postgraduate and postdoctoral training.

Melissa is principal investigator of a study funded by the US National Institutes if Health on international research collaborations and co-editor, with Nick Steneck, of International Research Collaborations: Much to be Gained, Many Ways to Get in Trouble (Routledge, 2010). She was appointed co-chair, with Sabine Kleinert of The Lancet, of the organising committee for the 3rd World Conference on Research Integrity (May 5–8, 2013, Montreal).


Dr Ren Yi: Lead reviewer

Ren Yi is currently working as Director of the Higher Degree Research Office at the Macquarie University, Australia and is actively involved with the research management profession. He is President Elect of the Australian Research Management Society and an active member of the International Network of Research Management Societies. He has also been appointed to different research management committees by the Australia Research Council and by Universities Australia.


Tony Mayer: International version editor

Tony Mayer has worked in the UK, the USA, Belgium, France and Singapore. His experience includes serving as Scientific Secretary to the European Research Advisory Board and as Director of the COST Office in Brussels. He is currently the Research Integrity Officer of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He also served as Co-Chair of the First and Second World Conferences on Research Integrity.

Author team

Professor Raymond De Vries, PhD

Raymond De Vries is a professor at the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and visiting professor at Maastricht University (Netherlands). He is lead editor of The View from Here: Bioethics and the Social Sciences (Blackwell, 2007), co-editor of Qualitative Methods in Health Research (Sage, 2010), and author of A Pleasing Birth: Midwifery and Maternity Care in the Netherlands (Temple University Press/Amsterdam Univeristy Press, 2005).

Dr Terry May

Terry May graduated from Colorado State University (BSc and MSc) in Wildlife Biology and the Univeristy of Colorado (PhD) in Environmental Biology. His area of research was avian ecology. He is currently the Faculty Conflict of Interest Information Officer at Michigan State University, where he has coordinated workshops for postgraduate students and postdoctoral trainees on the responsible conduct of research and had developed and taught a course entitled 'The nature and practice of scientific integrity'.

Dr Lorelle Meadows

Lorelle Meadows is Assistant Dean of Academic Programs in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. She is primarily responsible for the design, management and delivery of the first-year programme to undergraduate students. Within this programme, she works to improve the engineering faculty's delivery of content addressing the professional responsibilities of the practising engineer and researcher.

Dr Andrew Rawnsley

Andrew Rawnsley's research expertise is in hermeneutic approaches to ethics and aesthetics. He has worked at several universities including St Andrews, Leuven, and Teesside. He is active in the wider postgraduate education community, serving on the Executive Committee of the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE). His expertise lies in research governance and standards, and he frequently consults for a range of universities across the UK. Andrew has considerable professional experience in publishing and media.

Reviewer team

Professor Janusz Bialek, PhD

Janusz Bialek is Chair of Electrical Power and Control at Durham University, following academic posts at Warsaw University of Technology and the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Karen Melham

Karen Melham is an ethicist at the University of Oxford whose work focuses on regulation and good practice in translational health research.

Professor Karen Ross, PhD

Karen Ross is Professor of Media and Public Communication and Director of Postgraduate Research, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, University of Liverpool, UK.

Dr Richard Sugrue

Richard Sugrue is currently Head of the Division of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology in the School of Biological Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


Professor Nick Steneck, PhD: Lead advisor

Director of the Research Ethics and Integrity Program of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research and Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Michigan, Nick Steneck is also a consultant to the Federal Office of Research Integrity, HHS. He has published articles on the history of research misconduct policy, teaching and learning of the responsible conduct of research, the use of animals in research, classified research and academic freedom, the role of values in university research, and research on research integrity.


Wilma Alexander: Accessibility advisor

Wilma Alexander is currently supporting e-learning activities for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. She is especially interested in staff development and support using e-learning, usability and accessibility of e-learning; and providing a joined-up and coherent experience of support in the higher education environment. Wilma veered into e-learning from a Master's in Human-Computer Interaction, but her interest in accessibility dates from earlier work in Information Science and with museums and galleries. She believes that technology has huge potential for breaking down barriers between people, but that appropriate use in an educational context requires a strong pedagogic foundation.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the key responsibilities you have as a researcher
  • Identify the challenges you could face in meeting those responsibilities
  • Apply a range of strategies to deal with the challenges you may face.

The diagram below explains the chronology of the course.

The Research Integrity programme has been developed in conjunction with the following institutions:

  • Brunel University, UK
  • Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Durham University, UK
  • Edith Cowan University, Australia
  • EMBO
  • King Abdullah University of Science
    and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  • Lancaster University, UK
  • Macquarie University, Australia
  • Michigan State University, USA
  • Michigan Technological University, USA
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • NUI Galway, Ireland
  • University College Dublin, Ireland
  • University of Birmingham, UK
  • University of Greenwich, UK
  • University of Huddersfield, UK
  • University of Liverpool, UK
  • University of Michigan, USA
  • University of Sheffield, UK
  • Wayne State University, USA
  • Western Michigan University, USA