Ethics of Health Systems Research

The Ethics Thematic Working Group (TWG) aims to explore what ethical issues arise in relation to health policy and systems research in low and middle-income countries, how they should be addressed, and by whom.

If you would like to find out more about the Ethics of Health Systems TWG, the activities we will be involved in at the Symposium, or engage in this important area of research, why not:

  • Visit us at the HSG stall in the Exhibition space
  • Follow #bioethics and #ethics on Twitter
  • Join us at one of the exciting sessions listed below.

Official TWG sessions

Session TypeTitleShort descriptionDate & timeLocation
Organized SessionIncorporating a justice lens into HPSR ethics: implications for policy and practice in the global south Cutting edge conceptual and empirical work highlighting justice considerations in diverse research contexts will be presented and discussed.  Thursday, October 11, 16:00 – 17:30ACC room 12
Business meetingTWG business meeting: Ethics of Health Systems Research Friday, October 12, 12:30 – 13:45ACC room 13

Supporting documents for TWG sessions

TWG member sessions

Session TypeTitle of presentationShort description of session/presentationDate & timeLocation
Skills buildingNavigating Day to Day Ethics Dilemmas in Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR)This half day workshop will allow attendees to share ethical dilemmas encountered in health policy and systems research, build knowledge of ethical resources and guidance, develop skills for addressing common dilemmas, and build capacity to undertake ethics reflection sessions to navigate dilemmas on research teams.Monday, October 8, 13:00 – 17:00Exhibition Centre Room 24
Oral presentation by Benjamin Tsofa‘The Outsiders from Within’ – Researcher-Managers’ Collaboration for Facilitating Real-Time Research Uptake for System Strengthening in the Process Political Devolution – Lessons from KenyaPresentation highlights how research team – policy maker relationships and interactions can address practical health system challenges and strengthen ethical practice.Wednesday, October 10, 14:00 – 15:30ACC room 11A
PosterStrengthening the science and ethics of health policy and systems research (HPSR): our experience with embedding ethics reflection sessions into diverse HPSR studiesShares the theory behind introducing ethics reflection sessions into three very different HPSR case studies, and experience of doing so.  Thursday, October 11, 13:15Poster 409
Skills buildingApplying intersectionality within health systems research: looking inwards and outwardAn interactive workshop introducing the theory and practice of applying an intersectionality lens in HPSR Tuesday, October 9, 14:00 – 17:00Exhibition Centre room 22
Skills buildingThe practice of embedded health policy and systems research in LMICs: Individuals, organisations and networks building capacity and trust over timeEnthusiasm for ‘embedding’ research into LMIC health systems is running ahead of knowledge and training on how it is best practiced. Embedded HPSR requires specific competencies from researchers and partners at individual, organisational and systems levels (e.g. ethical mindfulness and positional-reflexivity). This skills-building session builds capacity through shared field experience. Tuesday,  October 9, 9:00 – 11:00Exhibition Centre room 22
Skills buildingUsing participatory visual methods to understand and support health systems with a focus on marginalized populationsFocuses on methodological approaches supporting inclusion of those whose voice is often lost in HPSR.Tuesday,  October 9, 8:00 – 12:00Exhibition Centre room 19
Oral presentation by Bridget PrattSharing power with the disadvantaged and marginalised in HSR priority-setting: An ethical frameworkPresentation highlights ethical considerations to take into account when designing HSR priority-setting in order to ensure the voices and knowledge of marginalised groups are heard.Wednesday, October 10, 11:00 – 12:30ACC room 4A
PosterLinking participatory action research on health systems to justice in global health: A case study of the Manifest project in rural Uganda

Poster 93: Bridget Pratt, University of Melbourne


Describes how initial ethical guidance on how to link HSR in LMICs to health equity can be upheld in research practice.

Thursday, October 11, 10:40 – 10:45Level 3
PosterConducting multi-disciplinary research with families of children admitted with malnutrition- reflections on researchers’ responsibilities to respond to vulnerabilities identifiedPoster number 94: Scholastica Zakayo, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research ProgramThursday, October 11, 10:45 – 10:50Level 3
Organized sessionAmplifying marginalized voices: towards a meaningful inclusion in social accountability mechanism for healthThis organized session explores how marginalized groups can be better included within social accountability mechanisms in LMICs. Friday, October 12, 11:00 – 12:30ACC Hall 2L
Panel sessionAddressing social inequalities through social protection Friday October 12, 09.00 – 10.30ACC room 3B