Introduction to Research Ethics

Short description

This course introduces early-career researchers to basic principles of ethics and integrity. During our sessions, PhD candidates will learn about the available resources at the Hertie School, as well as the ethics review process, which is mandatory for all researchers. They will also have the possibility to discuss case studies and clarify their own doubts on the topic of research ethics.

Course structure

The course is divided into two three-hour sessions. The first session will deal with basic principles of research ethics and integrity and the resources available at the Hertie School. The second session will focus on case studies and on debating specific doubts and issues faced by the PhD candidates during their own research projects.


Target group

PhD candidates who have not yet taken any kind of ethics training at the Hertie School or partner institutions.



  • To introduce researchers to basic guidelines and ethics principles to be followed during their academic careers
  • To clarify the ethics review process at the Hertie School and the mandatory steps for all researchers
  • To address specific questions and doubts related to the PhD candidate's research project




  • Dr. Barış Ülker received his PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University. He was a visiting scholar at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Howard University and Columbia University throughout his studies. His major research interests focus on the anthropology of state, colonial and post-colonial relations, governmental subjectivities and urban spatial restructuring. Barış Ülker’s research was supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Max Planck Institute (MPI), Ernst Reuter Archives Foundation, Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF) and Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS, TU Berlin).